Diethyl ether

contains BHT as inhibitor, puriss. p.a., ACS reagent, reag. ISO, reag. Ph. Eur., ≥99.8%

Ethyl ether, Ether
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Quality Level


ACS reagent
puriss. p.a.


reag. ISO
reag. Ph. Eur.

vapor density

2.6 (vs air)


≥99.8% (GC)



autoignition temp.

320 °F


BHT as inhibitor

expl. lim.

36.5 %


≤0.00003% peroxides (as H2O2)
≤0.00007% adehydes (as HCHO)
≤0.0002% free acid (as CH3COOH)
≤0.001% carbonyl compounds (as CO)
≤0.001% non-volatile matter
≤0.005% acetone (GC)
≤0.02% ethanol (GC)
0.03% water (Karl Fischer)
5-8 ppm BHT (GC)

refractive index

n20/D 1.3530 (lit.)


34.6 °C (lit.)


−116 °C (lit.)


0.706 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

cation traces

Al: ≤0.5 mg/kg
B: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Ba: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Ca: ≤0.5 mg/kg
Cd: ≤0.05 mg/kg
Co: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Cr: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Cu: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Fe: ≤0.05 mg/kg
Mg: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Mn: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Ni: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Pb: ≤0.05 mg/kg
Sn: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Zn: ≤0.05 mg/kg

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passes test for reaction against H2SO4



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General description

Diethyl ether (DEE) is widely employed as solvent for Grignard synthesis. Its efficacy as solvent for formalin-ether (F-E) sedimentation technique has been studied. It has been reported as a hydroboration solvent. DEE is a promising compression-ignition fuel and its energy density is much higher than ethanol. It is also one of the components in a blend used in diesel fuel. It can also be used as alternative of diesel fuel.


Diethyl ether may be employed as solvent for the oxidation of secondary alcohols into ketones. It may be employed as solvent in the preparation of triblock copolymer of PCL-PEG-PCL, acrylated PCL-PEG-PCL and the pentablock copolymer PAE-PCL-PEG-PCL-PAE [PAE = poly(β-amino ester), PEG = poly(ethylene glycol), PCL = poly(ε-caprolactone)].

Other Notes

The article number 32203-4X2.5L will be discontinued. Please order the single bottle 32203-2.5L which is physically identical with the same exact specifications.
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The article number 32203-6X1L-M will be discontinued. Please order the single bottle 32203-1L-M which is physically identical with the same exact specifications.


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Hazard Statements

Target Organs

Central nervous system

Supp Hazards

EUH019 - EUH066


UN1155 - class 3 - PG 1 - Diethyl ether

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

-40.0 °F

Flash Point(C)

-40 °C

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Dai P Huynh et al.
Biomaterials, 29(16), 2527-2534 (2008-03-11)
The concept of this research is using poly(beta-amino ester) (PAE) as a duo-functional group for synthesis of the novel sensitive injectable hydrogel for controlled drug/protein delivery. Firstly, PAE made of 1,4-butanediol diacrylate and 4,4'-trimethylene dipiperidine is used as a pH-sensitive...
Diethyl ether (DEE) as a renewable diesel fuel.
Bailey B, et al.
No. 972978. SAE technical paper (1997)
K H Young et al.
Journal of clinical microbiology, 10(6), 852-853 (1979-12-01)
Ethyl acetate appears to be a satisfactory subsitute solvent for diethyl ether in the Formalin-ether sedimentation technique. In comparative studies, concentration of organisms with ethyl acetate was equal to or greater than that with diethyl ether. No distortion or alteration...
Eagleson M.
Concise Encyclopedia Chemistry, 471-471 (1994)
Oxidation of secondary alcohols in diethyl ether with aqueous chromic acid. Convenient procedure for the preparation of ketones in high epimeric purity.
Brown HC, et al.
The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 36(3), 387-390 (1971)

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