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Phthalic anhydride


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Appearance White Flakes or Crystalline Powder
Purity Wt% ≥99.5
Free Acid Wt% ≤0.2
Solidification Point ℃ ≥130.5
Heat Color (PT-CO) ≤50
Molten Color (PT-CO) ≤20
Sulfuric Acid Color(PT-CO) ≤40

Packing & Storage

Packing In 25kg per kraft bag
Storage20℃, 2 years.
ShippingRoom temperature in China; may vary elsewhere

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: What are the common applications of Phthalic Anhydride in the chemical industry?
A: Phthalic Anhydride finds extensive usage in various chemical processes. It is primarily employed as a precursor in the production of plasticizers such as diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dioctyl phthalate (DOP). These plasticizers enhance the flexibility and durability of PVC-based products, including wires, cables, and automotive parts. Additionally, Phthalic Anhydride is utilized in the synthesis of alkyd resins, which are widely used in coatings, adhesives, and surface finishes. It also serves as a crucial intermediate in the production of dyes, pigments, and pharmaceuticals.

Q 2: What are the key characteristics and properties of Phthalic Anhydride?
A: Phthalic Anhydride possesses several important characteristics. It is a white crystalline solid with a distinctive odor. It has a high melting point of approximately 131°C and a boiling point of around 295°C. Phthalic Anhydride is soluble in various organic solvents such as benzene, toluene, and xylene but exhibits low solubility in water. It is highly reactive and can undergo reactions such as esterification and condensation to form derivatives used in various applications. Moreover, it is susceptible to hydrolysis and should be handled with care to avoid moisture absorption.

Q 3: What is the manufacturing process for Phthalic Anhydride?
A: Phthalic Anhydride is typically produced through the oxidation of ortho-xylene or naphthalene. The most common method involves the vapor-phase catalytic oxidation of ortho-xylene using air as the oxidizing agent. This process occurs in the presence of a catalyst, usually a vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) supported on a suitable substrate. The reaction produces Phthalic Anhydride as the primary product along with carbon dioxide (CO2) as a byproduct. The crude Phthalic Anhydride is then purified through processes such as distillation and crystallization to obtain the final high-purity product.