8 Facts about Polyethylene glycol (PEG) you need to know

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One might not be so aware of this polymer, but we are using this in many ways in our daily life. And it is not a surprise when you will come to know that you never heard about this wonderful chemical that you are using every day in some form. I will list 8 facts about polyethylene glycol that will surely make you appreciate this organic chemical.

 

  1. Chemically speaking, PEGis a white, odourless, non-toxic and non-corrosive paraffin like solid that is prepared by the reaction of ethylene oxide, water and ethylene glycol.
  2. It is available in different molecular masses and depending on the mass number, its uses vary and it either exists in liquid state or semi-solid state or wax-like solid, with some of its applications in ointments, tablets, lotions, creams, toothpastes, soaps, dyeing agents, bonding agents in ceramics etc.   PEG-applications
  3. Polyethylene glycol in pharmaceuticals: Constipation is quite a common problem caused due to low fibre diet or low liquid intake and we often run to the doctor and he prescribes some tablets. Are you aware that PEG(For e.g, with the name miralax, glycolax) is used to cure the problem? Well, next time you be at the drugstore, just see that one of the constituents in a constipation tablet is polyethylene glycol.       miralax
  4. Ever wondered what gives the catchy and attractive blue or red beads in the toothpaste that you use every day? Well, it is polyethylene glycol.
  5. For wood preserving: Are you one of those lovers of wooden artefacts or do you have the hobby of collecting wood art? If yes, then certainly you must be worried about how to protect these antiques from being ruined due to humidity and changing weather conditions. The wooden artefacts can be preserved by using this glycol.
  6. Ever watched the Batman trilogy? The superhero is seen in a suit invincible to attack by knives and bullets. It is a Kevlar suit. In the recent years, research is being made in making liquid body armour in which silica particles are suspended in PEG. This armour is more efficient and stronger than Kevlar.                              liquid-body-armour
  7. Polyethylene glycol in weapons: Ballistic missile is a common war weapon. PEG being a lighter fuel is used as a binder in these missiles.
  8. Apart from these interesting applications, it is used in eye drops, protein medicines, to repair damaged neurons, to detect antigens and antibodies in blood, ink solvent in printers, and so on.

These are only a few interesting facts of this polymeric material. Though, non-biodegradable, this chemical has quite a wide range of applications.

So, what’s taking you time? If you are a buyer or a manufacturer, and thinking of purchasing this chemical, then log on to our website and from the wide range of chemicals being supplied, you can get different variants of PEG at good quantities for attractive prices.Click the image below for more chemicals.

 

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     – Written By

        P. Chakradhar

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