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Isopropanol Uses are many and varied. Isopropanol is one of the most widely used Solvents and is commonly available worldwide. Isopropanol is widely used as a cleaning fluid, often for electrical parts such as for computer, hi-fi and mobile phone cleaning. Isopropanol is also commonly known as Isopropyl Alcohol, IPA, Propan-2-ol and Rubbing Alcohol.
Isopropanol is used as a general cleaner and solvent in industry. It is a major ingredient in fuel additives. IPA Uses include removing traces of brake fluid from hydraulic braking systems and removing paint from paintballs so that they can be re-used. Isopropanol is often used for cleaning computer-related equipment such as monitor screens, laptops, keyboards, CD's, DVD's and electronic contact pins.
Propan-2-ol has sterlizing properties and is used for preserving biological specimens and to impregnate sterilized cleaning wipes used for sanitising telephone handsets etc. It is also used in dilute form in car washer bottles as it helps prevent them from freezing when temperatures fall. It is also used in aerosol windscreen de-icers.
There are two methods of producing Isopropanol, these being the newer method known as the direct hydration reaction method and the traditional method which is known as the sulphonation reaction process. Further details of Isopropanol Manufacture can be found on the relevant page of this website. Isopropanol is produced by combining water and Propylene.
IPA is considered a relatively safe alternative to other Solvents such as Methanol or Ethylene Glycol, as it is not as Toxic. However, as when handling any other Solvent, care must be taken when handling Isopropanol as poisoning can occur from absorption, ingestion and inhalation. Isopropanol has a strong odour and should always be used in a well-ventilated area. Isopropanol dries the skin by de-fatting, so skin contact should be avoided and gloves should always be worn when working with the material.
A patient suffering from Isopropanol poisoning may display symptoms of sickness and nausea, vomiting, dizziness and depression of the central nervous system which can lead to anaesthesia and even coma. The chemical formula of Isopropanol is C3H3O.
For further information on this material, including Isopropanol Hazards, Isopropanol Labelling and Transporting Isporopanol, please refer to the relevant pages of this website.
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