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ISOFOL 12

ISOFOL 12 is a primary, saturated alcohol with defined branching of the carbon chain. It can be chemically described as 2-butyl-1-octanol and is also referred to as C12 Guerbet alcohol. It is used in personal care. ISOFOL 12 is a light emollient, solvent, basic material for the production of emollient esters. For documents specific to a region, please contact Sasol using the 'Request Document' button.

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Properties

Features And Benefits
Ingredient Claims
Readily biodegradable
End Use Claims
Cleansing
Conditioning
Emolliency
Solubilization
Cleaning
Solvency
Thermal Stability
Regulatory Status
AICS Listed (Australia)
DSL Listed (Canada)
ENCS Listed (Japan)
TSCA Listed (USA)
IECSC Listed (China)
KECI Listed (Korea)
ISHL Listed (Japan)
CH INV Listed (Switzerland)
Regional Availability
Latin America
North America
Europe
Asia Pacific
Middle East & Africa
Product Characteristics
Origin
Petrochemical
Synthetic
CAS No.
3913-02-8
Physical Form
Liquid
Odor
Characteristic
Color
Colorless
Shelf Life
48 months
Appearance
Clear colorless liquid
Formulation Conditions
Soluble in
Ethanol
Mineral Oil
Dimethicone
Cyclopentasiloxane
Propylene Glycol
Isopropyl Myristate
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Olive Oil
Insoluble in
Water
Glycerine
Typical Properties
Value
Unit
Test Method
Iodine Value
max. 0.5
mg I/100mg
600-39
iC 12 OH
min. 97.0
wt. %
600-12a
Ester value
max. 0.3
mg KOH/g
600-33
Acid number
max. 0.05
mg KOH/g
600-31
Boiling Point
approx. 243
°C
600-21
Flash point
approx. 120
°C
DIN 51758
Molecular weight
approx. 186
g/mol
600-19
Hydroxyl value
286 - 305
mg KOH/g
600-30
Water Content
max. 0.1
wt. %
DIN 51777
Color Value
max. 10
EN ISO 6271-2
Melting range
max. -30
°C
600-27
Refractive Index
approx. 1.443
nD20
DIN 51423
Density (at 20°C)
0.831 - 0.835
g/ml
DIN 51757
Viscosity (at 20°C)
approx. 23
mPa.s
600-25

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Technical product information

Recommended Uses & Known Applications

ISOFOL Alcohols and their derivatives are used as raw materials and intermediates in many application areas including:

  • Lubricants – converted to esters having improved hydrolytic stability and lower pour points than linear counterparts.
  • Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals – an odorless ingredient of creams, lotions, and ointments.
  • Personal Care – sulfate derivative gives low foaming cleansing.
Melting points of ISOFOL alcohols in comparison with linear NACOL alcohols

The ISOFOL alcohols C12 to C24 are liquid at ambient temperature, whereas corresponding linear and saturated alcohols are solid. While oleyl alcohol starts to solidify at approx. 10 °C, ISOFOL alcohol of similar chain lengths remains liquid  

ISOFOL alcohol viscosity vs temperature

The temperature-dependant kinematic viscosity of ISOFOL alcohols is shown in Figure

ISOFOL alcohol density vs temperature

Storage And Handling

Precautions for safe handling 

Advice on safe handling

  • Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice
  • Provide sufficient air exchange and/or exhaust in work rooms

Advice on protection against fire and explosion

  • The product is flammable but not readily ignited. Normal measures for preventive fire protection.

Fire-fighting class

  • B: Fires involving liquids or liquid containing substances. Also includes substances which become liquid at elevated temperatures

Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

Storage class (TRGS 510)

  • 10-13: German Storage Class 10 to 13

Other data 

  • Stable under normal conditions.

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