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Application And Market Prospect Of Isobutanol

Nov 4, 2023

Isobutanol, also known as isopropyl methanol, 2-methylpropanol, a colorless flammable liquid with an alcoholic taste and a special odor. It is one of the main components of fresh tea leaves, black tea and green tea aroma, molecular weight 74.12, boiling point 107.66℃. It can be miscible with alcohol and ether and slightly soluble in water. Isobutanol is a volatile flammable liquid and should be stored in a well-ventilated, cool and dry place away from fire sources, high temperatures and oxidants. It can mildly irritate the skin and strongly irritate the eyes, mucous membranes and respiratory tract. Exposure to high concentrations of vapor can cause temporary anesthesia. Isobutanol is considered slightly toxic, and it has been shown to cause liver damage in mice and humans. Excessive consumption can also lead to alcoholism.

Isobutanol can be used as organic synthesis raw materials, analytical reagents, solvents, extractants, antioxidants, plasticizers, etc. It is widely used in oil refining, synthetic rubber, plastic processing, pesticides, coatings, artificial flavors and other fields. Isobutanol has always been used as an important chemical raw material in many cities, and in recent years, it has been found that isobutanol can also be used as a new generation of biofuels, and has high calorific value, easy to mix, high octane number and other unique advantages, reflecting a huge development potential.

China’s isobutanol is mainly used in the field of chemistry, chemical industry is mainly used for the production of diisobutyl phthalate DIBP, isobutyl acetate, isobutene.

In the global market, the demand for isobutanol in Asia is growing rapidly, isobutanol production capacity continues to expand, and it has become the world’s largest isobutanol production place, and the global isobutanol production capacity is gradually concentrated in Asia. China’s isobutanol demand is growing rapidly, and production capacity is rising.

Compared with developed countries such as Europe and the United States, the application scope of isobutanol in China is narrow, but the market demand for isobutanol remains on the rise. In the future, with industrial upgrading, the development of isobutanol downstream products with high technology content and high added value in China will continue to increase, which is good for the development of isobutanol industry.