Butyl di-glycol acetate

Butyl di-glycol acetate Definition

Butyl di-glycol acetate (also known as BDGA, diethylene glycol monobutyl ether acetate, butyl diethoxol acetate, and butyl diglycol) is a clear, colourless liquid which has a faint, mild odour and the formula C10H20O4.  It is slightly soluble in water and is miscible with organic solvents. Butyl di glycol acetate is a clear colourless liquid with a mild ester odour. It has a high boiling point, low volatility and is slightly hygroscopic. It is miscible with a wide range of organic solvents but only miscible with water within certain limits. Butyl di glycol acetate contains both ether bonds and ester groups, and therefore displays the reactions that are characteristic of both, and it possesses their excellent solvent power. It is capable of dissolving natural and synthetic resins, plasticizers, waxes, fats and oils, particularly at elevated temperatures. Butyl di glycol acetate hydrolyses rapidly in alkaline and acid media but more slowly in the presence of water.

Synonyms: Butyl diethoxol; Butyl carbitol; Butyl dioxitol; Butyl diicinol; 2-(2-Butoxyethoxy) ethanol; Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether; Diethylene glycol butyl ether; DEGBE

Butyl di-glycol Acetate Applications

  1. Mainly used in the paints, coatings and printing inks industries.
  2. Used as a solvent for dyes in wood stains and furniture polishes.
  3. Used in ballpoint pastes.
  4. Used as component in some cleaners.
  5. Used in small amounts in the processing of PVC plastisols


  1. Clear.
  2. Colourless.
  3. Liquid.
  4. Mild odour.
  5. Slightly soluble in water.
  6. Miscible with organic solvents.