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Buy Isopropyl Alcohol 70, 99 and 99.8 (IPA) in Bulk, Drums or Cases

Buy Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) when you need it, in the amount you need—from rail car to cases.

Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) CAS No. 67-63-0 also known as Isopropanol or 2-Propanol  is a clear, colorless, volatile material with a mild odor and a relatively low toxicity compared to alternate solvents.   As a chemical compound with the common formula C3H8O, its characteristics allow its use for a variety of applications. IPA is miscible in water, alcohol, and most organic solvents. It will dissolve substances such as cellulose; natural resins; oils and gums; alkaloids.

Univar Solutions is one of the largest IPA distributors in the United States with on-site storage of the product in up to 60 locations throughout the country. We sell USP and industrial grade IPA made from both acetone and propylene. Considering we source in rail car quantities from at least five different suppliers, we can offer our customers security of supply at competitive costs even in times of high demand.

 

Grades

  • Industrial Grade Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
  • USP Grade Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
  • USP Kosher Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
  • Pharmaceutical Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)

Products Available

  • Isopropanol 99.8%
  • Isopropanol 99% USP
  • Isopropanol 70%
  • Isopropanol 70% USP
  • Custom blends and dilutions

Characteristics

  • Fast evaporation rate
  • Solvency power
  • Low impurities
  • Mild odor
  • Flammable
  • Non-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant)
  • Low photochemical reactivity

 

Sizes Available

  • Bulk rail car
  • Bulk tank truck
  • Totes (IBC)
  • Drums
  • Pails
  • Cases

 

How is IPA Made?

Isopropyl Alcohol is made in various ways.

The indirect hydration process is based on a two-step reaction of propylene and sulfuric acid.  The acid-catalyzed direct hydration of propylene has three basic processes of commercial operation:

  • Vapor-phase hydration over a fixed-bed catalyst of supported phosphoric acid or silica-supported tungsten oxide with zinc oxide promoter
  • Mixed vapor-liquid-phase hydration at low temperature and high pressure using a strongly acid cation exchange catalyst
  • Liquid-phase hydration at high temperature and high pressure in the presence of a soluble tungsten catalyst

Other processes for the manufacturing of isopropyl alcohol include:

  • Liquid phase oxidation of propane
  • By the reductive condensation of acetone
  • Fermentation

 

Applications

Chemical manufacturing

Chemical intermediates, organic synthesis, dehydrating agent, coupling agent

Coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers

Nitrocellulose lacquers and thinners, printing inks, lithographic printing, adhesives, resins, graffiti remover

Household and industrial cleaning

General-purpose cleaners, detergents, disinfectants, electronics cleaners, polishes

Pharmaceuticals

Carriers, chemical intermediates

Personal care

Cosmetics, hand and body soaps, hand sanitizers, hairspray, sunblock, perfumes

Miscellaneous

De-icing

 

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