Glycerol / Glycerine / Glycerin (Analytical Use)

26th March 2019


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Why Buy Glycerol / Glycerine / Glycerin (Analytical Use) Online from UK Chemical Suppliers, ReAgent Chemicals?

We supply glycerol / glycerine / glycerin for analytical use in 200 L drums and 1,000 L IBC. Please contact us for a quote or free technical advice. We also offer many other options with all our products, such as customised labelling or specific pack sizes.

Use as a chemical intermediate

Glycerol is a popular compound in many industrial processes as a chemical intermediate, including in the manufacture of various explosives such as dynamite and gelignite, as well as propellants such as cordite.

War time needs for explosives in particular stimulated the development of synthetic methods of producing glycerol, as traditional sources from soap making could not meet with the demand. Despite the somewhat “darker” beginnings, these methods are used today for a variety of products including pharmaceutical applications such as nitroglycerin to treat angina.

Glycerol is also used in the manufacture of allyl iodide, which is then used in many applications from pharmaceuticals to preservatives. The synthesis involves reaction between phosphorus and iodine in the presence of glycerol.

Today, there are many research groups trying to develop new products from glycerol, in particularly using by-products from biodiesel manufacture, which typically contains about 20% water and residual catalysts. One avenue scientists are exploring is the use of crude glycerol as a renewable energy source.

Other uses include:

  • Conversion to ethanol, acrolein, propylene glycol and epichlorohydrin
  • Production of hydrogen gas
  • Production of glycerine acetate as a possible fuel additive

Top quality products

All our products come with a 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase. In addition to glycerol for analytical use, we also offer products suitable for general and laboratory applications. We have a wide range of chemicals available, from test kits to bespoke products, so you’re bound to find what you need.

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