ethylene carbonate


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ethylene carbonate

[′eth·ə‚lēn ′kär·bə‚nāt]
(organic chemistry)
(CH2O)2CO Odorless, colorless solid with low melting point; soluble in water and organic solvents; used as a polymer and resin solvent, in solvent extraction, and in organic syntheses.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The literature covers such products as ethylene carbonate, propylene carbonate, butylene carbonate, UltraPure ethylene carbonate, UltraPure propylene carbonate and carbonate blends.
It is also an important ingredient in many industrial processes: typically, the synthesis of salicylic acid (leading to aspirin) and efficient routes to ethylene carbonate (ultimately giving polyurethanes) are examples of large-scale [CO.sup.2] usage.
Novomer's catalyst technology can copolymerize C[O.sub.2] with an epoxide-like propylene oxide or ethylene oxide to make poly(propylene carbonate) or poly(ethylene carbonate), respectively.