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Physical characteristics Key technical properties Value/unit  Main applications
Evaporation rate: Fast Boiling range 66-70°C Extraction
Solvency Power:  Medium Flash point -30°C Polymerisation
Odour: Low Aromatics content <5 mg/kg Paints & Coatings
Impurities:  Very Low Benzene content <3 mg/kg Adhesives & Sealants
- n-Hexane content 50% Rubber/tyres
- Aniline point 65°C Cleaning/degreasing
- - - Textiles
- - - Pharmaceuticals 

Product overview

SBPs consist of paraffins and cycloparaffins in the C6-C10 range. Thanks to their simple composition, these narrow boiling point solvents provide predictable and consistent evaporation behaviour that is important in many different uses and applications. Our SBPs have very low total aromatics and benzene content, with virtually undetectable levels of polycyclic aromatics.

Hexane (SBP 65/70) is a colourless fluid with a relatively low and very narrow boiling range, offering a combination of low odour and quick drying properties. Its ability to dissolve many organic compounds and evaporate easily means it is used as a solvent or diluent in a wide range of industrial and professional applications.

Key application areas include polymerisation processes, specialist coatings and adhesives, pharmaceutical and food extraction processes (fish/vegetable oils), industrial cleaning and degreasing, textile and rubber manufacturing and catalyst preparation.

Hexane is a particularly effective edible oil extraction agent, combining high yield from a range of seeds and beans and leaving no solvent residue. A consistent narrow boiling range makes it easy to recycle within the extraction process while its stability and high purity enables it to be re-used.

Our Hexane is manufactured to high standards required to produce a hydrocarbon fluid that offers consistent quality and performance, including feed selection for a consistent composition, including normal Hexane (n-Hexane) content, and a deep hydrogenation process that minimises impurities.

Hexane is offered in two grades – polymerisation and extraction grade. Polymerisation grade Hexane has guaranteed very low levels of impurities - such as aromatics, olefins, carbonyls and acid substances - required for its effective use as a reaction medium for polymerisation processes.


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