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MISCELLANEOUS | MONO PROPYLENE GLYCOL (MPG), USP GRADE

Mono Propylene Glycol (MPG), USP Grade

Description
Mono propylene glycol is produced from propylene oxide.  The most common process is by the non-catalytic hydrolysis of propylene oxide in a high-temperature and high-pressure environment.  The second method is the catalytic one, which can proceed at 150 °C, in the presence of ion exchange resin, or a small amount of sulphuric acid or alkali.  It can also be produced from glycerol which is a bio-diesel by-product.

Applications

There are many uses for mono propylene glycol across many different industries and some chemical manufacturers produce two grades of MPG to meet these varied needs.

The first grade is used in the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries.  MPG is used as a solvent for food colourings and flavourings, and is also a classified humectant food additive (E1520).  In the personal care industry it is used as a moisturiser in make-up, shampoo, bubble bath and baby wipes, to name but a few examples.  The pharmaceutical industry uses MPG as a solvent in oral, injectable, and topical formulations.

Cas: 57-55-6

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