DME is an isomer of ethylalcohol and has a low boiling point. It is colourless, virtually odourless, has a low surface tension and a low viscosity.

Owing to its high solubility coefficient, the propellant DME acts also as a solvent in aerosol formulations. This property makes DME a very valuable component in aerosol formulations which contain substances that are difficult to dissolve.

Physical properties Dimethylether (DME)

Chemical formula Temperature CH3 - O - CH3 Measurement
Mol. Mass NA 46.07 g/mol
Boiling point NA -24.9 °C
Vapour Pressure 20° C 5.1 bar (abs)
NA 50° C 11.5 bar (abs)
Density liquid 20° C 668.3 kg/m³
NA 50° C 615 kg/m³
Relative vapour density 20° C 1.59 (air = 1)
Solubility NA NA NA
DME in water 20° C/1 bar 5.7 % (m/m)
NA 20° C/4.8 bar 36 % (m/m)
Water in DME 20° C/4.8 bar 5.5 % (m/m)
Net calorific value, liquid NA 28.43 kJ/kg
Ignition Point DIN 51794 235 °C
Kauri Butanol Number NA 91 NA
Solubility coefficient NA 7.3 NA
Surface tension (liquid) 20° C 0.0125 N/m
Viscosity gaseous 20° C 0.0091 mPas
Viscosity liquid 20° C 0.11 mPas

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Shell offers high purity Dimethylether (DME) for all cosmetical and technical uses. From our German production in the Rhineland Refinery Wesseling we deliver to your production facilities all over Europe.

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