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Dibutyl Phthalate

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a colorless oily liquid extensively used as a plasticizer. This product is used in elastomers, lacquers, printing inks, resin solvents, paper coatings, adhesives, and nail polish.

ArChem provides Dibutyl Phthalate and other plasticizers such as Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP), Dioctyl Adipate (DOA), and Acetyl triethyl citrate (ATEC) for various industrial applications. Additionally, ArChem provides customers with other chemical products including Nitrocellulose, Nitrocellulose solution, organic solvents, etc. for further information please get in touch with our technical sales team in ArChem. 

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

What is Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)?

ArChem Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) (also known as Di-n-butyl phthalate, n-Butyl phthalate, and Butyl phthalate) is an organic compound With the chemical formula C6H4(COOC4H9)2. DBP belongs to a family of chemicals called phthalates, which are added to some plastics to make them flexible.

ArChem DBP is soluble in most organic solvents such as in alcohol, ether, and benzene, but almost insoluble in water.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Technical Properties

ArChem Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is used as an additive to adhesives or printing inks. The chemical and physical properties of DBP are listed below:

Molecular FormulaC16H22O4
IUPAC namedibutyl benzene-1,2-dicarboxylate
Cas Number84-74-2
Molecular weight278.34 g/mol
Density1.043 g/mL
Boiling Point340 °C
Flashpoint157 °C
Melting Point-35 °C
FlammabilityMay be combustible at high temperature.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Applications

ArChem DBP can be used as a plasticizer in nitrocellulose lacquers, elastomers, explosives, nail polish, etc. Plus, it is used as a solvent for perfume oil and resins. Some of ArChem Dibutyl Phthalate uses include:

  • Printing inks
  • Adhesives
  • Surface coatings
  • Sealants
  • Solid rocket propellants
  • Textile lubricating agent

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Production

Dibutyl Phthalate is produced by the reaction of n-butanol with phthalic anhydride. ArChem DBP is compatible with other monomeric plasticizers which are commonly used in PVC, and since it is too volatile, it is used in combination with them as a gelling aid.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Storage

Storage conditions of ArChem DBP are listed below:

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) should be stored in a tightly-closed container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.
  • The storage temperature of DBP is between 2°C and 8°C.
  • This product should keep out of strong oxidizing agents and bases as this may cause a vigorous exothermic reaction.
  • After opening, reseal containers and store them in an upright position to avoid leakage.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Health Hazards

Inhalation exposure to dibutyl phthalate may include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. It may cause nausea, tearing of the eyes, vomiting, dizziness, and headache. Long-term exposures may cause liver and kidney damage. Some of the necessary first-aid measures are described below:

  • If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention.
  • In the case of skin contact, Wash with soap and water. Cover the irritated skin with an emollient. Get medical attention if irritation develops.
  • In case of eye contact, immediately flush your eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
  • If ingested, do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel.

Operators should Avoid breathing mist, gas, or vapors. they should use personal protective equipment and wear chemical impermeable gloves when handling dibutyl phthalate (DBP) to avoid contact with the body, skin, and eyes.

In ArChem, we provide our customers with different types of plasticizers for various industries. Our products are produced to the highest quality, with all analytical measurements performed under international standards.

Please contact us for a price quote, to request detailed product information and specifications, or to have a sales representative call or visit.


What are the uses of dibutyl phthalate (DBP)?

Dibutyl phthalate primarily is used as a plasticizer in plastics such as PVC. Additionally, DBP is used in adhesives, printing inks, construction coatings, and sealants.

What is the other name for dibutyl phthalate (DBP)?

Other names of dibutyl phthalate are DBP, Di-n-Butyl Phthalate, n-Butyl phthalate, 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid dibutyl ester, and Phthalic acid dibutyl ester.

What is the price of dibutyl phthalate (DBP)?

ArChem plasticizers can be purchased in a variety of volumes. Depending on your orders, Prices are different. for more information, please get in touch with our technical sales team in ArChem.

Is dibutyl phthalate (DBP) toxic?

DBP is not toxic, but long-term exposures may cause liver and kidney damage.

What is the CAS number of dibutyl phthalate (DBP)?

The CAS number of dibutyl phthalate (DBP)  is 84-74-2

What is the HS code for dibutyl phthalate (DBP)?

The HS code of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is 29173910

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