Ethylene glycol diacetate is combustible.
Colorless liquid with a mild pleasant odor. Density 9.2 lb /gal. Flash point 191°F. Boiling point 369°F. Combustible but requires some effort to ignite. Used in the manufacture of perfumes, printing ink, lacquers and resins.
Dry the di-ester with CaCl2, filter (excluding moisture) and fractionally distil it under reduced pressure. [Beilstein 2 IV 1541.]
Solvent for oils, cellulose esters, explosives, etc.
Inhalation is not hazardous. Liquid causes mild irritation of eyes. Ingestion causes stupor or coma.
Air & Water Reactions
Ethylene glycol diacetate reacts with aqueous acids to liberate heat along with alcohols and acids. Strong oxidizing acids may cause a vigorous reaction that is sufficiently exothermic to ignite the reaction products. Heat is also generated by the interaction with caustic solutions. Flammable hydrogen is generated with alkali metals and hydrides.