AdvanSix Phenol - High Purity Grade

AdvanSix High Purity Phenol is produced to the highest standards for key industries including Building & Construction, Agriculture & Feed, Automotive & Transportation, Adhesives & Sealants, Paints & Coatings, Electrical & Electronics, and Pharmaceuticals. Aside from minimum impurities, it has low Benzene content and low water content. It can be used as an intermediate in the production of:

Building & Construction

Adhesives, flame retardants, fire protection applications, roofing adhesives, sealants and caulks, glazing and window elements, insulation materials, OSB wood applications, and in floor coating and wood flooring applications.

Agriculture & Feed

Agricultural uses such as animal feed, commercial and residential pest control applications.

Automotive & Transportation

Aftermarket parts, chassis and brake systems, cooling and climate systems, electrical and electronic systems, exterior and body parts, interior parts and lighting, tires, adhesives and sealants for bonding and assembly applications, and in the production of aerospace, automotive and marine fluids and lubricants.

Adhesives & Sealants

Furniture, industrial, and transportation assembly adhesives.

Paints & Coatings

Coatings for marine, rail, mass transit, off road and commercial vehicle, and flooring and wood coating applications.

Electrical & Electronics

Devices and assemblies for consumer electronics, parts and components for housing and enclosure applications, and jacketing and insulation for semiconductor manufacturing.


Oral drug delivery solutions.

Chemical Name: Phenol

CAS Number: 108-95-2

Functions: Anti-Acne Agent, Anti-Septic, Disinfectant, Exfoliant (Chemical), Intermediate

Chemical Family: Phenols, Phenols & Phenolics

Grade: Pharma Grade

Synonyms: Benzenol, Carbolic Acid, Hydroxybenzene, Monohydroxybenzene, Monophenol, Oxybenzene, Phenic Acid, Phenyl Alcohol, Phenyl Hydroxide, Phenylic Acid, Phenylic Alcohol, PhOH

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End Uses

Phenol is used as a basic feedstock for producing numerous derivatives. The major derivatives and uses are described briefly below.

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Phenolic Resins

Phenolic resins are the condensation product of phenol or substituted phenols with an aldehyde, such as formaldehyde. The largest use for phenolic resins is in adhesives (for plywood), followed by binders for insulation (fiberglass, mineral wool, etc.), impregnating and laminating agents (for plastic and wood laminates) and molding compounds and foundry resins.

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is produced by reacting phenol with acetone in the presence of an acid catalyst. There are two major uses for bisphenol A: epoxy resins and polycarbonate resins. Small amounts of bisphenol A are used to produce phenoxy resins, polysulfone resins, polyester resins, adhesives and stabilizers.

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Caprolactam is produced by hydrogenating phenol with a palladium catalyst to cyclohexanone, and then reacting with hydroxylamine sulfate to produce cyclohexanone oxime. The oxime is then reacted with sulfuric acid and neutralized with aqueous ammonia to produce caprolactam. Caprolactam is polymerized to nylon 6, a polyamide polymer used for fibers, films and engineering plastics.

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Nonylphenol is produced by adding phenol to a branched nonene isomer, or straight-chain nonene, in the presence of an acid catalyst, such as sulfuric acid or boron trifluoride, to produce mostly 4-substituted nonlyphenol. Nonylphenol is used as a surface-active agent, emulsifier, antioxidant and lube oil additive.

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Dodeclyphenol is produced like nonylphenol: phenol is reacted with branched chain dodecenes, in the presence of an acid catalyst, to produce mostly 4-alkylphenol isomers. Dodeclyphenol is used primarily in detergents, lube oil additives and surface-active agents.

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Adipic Acid

Adipic acid is produced by hydrogenating phenol to cyclohexanol, which is then oxidized with nitric acid to adipic acid. Adipic acid is used to produce plasticizers, polyester polyol-based urethane resins, food additives and synthetic lubricants.

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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is produced by reacting phenol with sodium hydroxide to produce sodium phenate, which is reacted with carbon dioxide to produce sodium salicylate and then acidified with hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid to form salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is used primarily for drugs and drug intermediates, specialty chemical intermediates, dyes and additives for resins, plastics and rubbers.

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Specialized Uses

Phenol is also found in numerous, small-volume applications, including:

  • Plasticizers (fire-retardant esters such as cresyl diphenyl, triphenyl, dibutyl phenyl and diphenyl octyl phosphates)
  • Synthetic cresols and xylenols (o-cresol and 2, 6-xylenol, which are used for plastics and resins)
  • Other alkylphenols (such as p-t-butyl phenol, p-t-octyl phenol and isopropylphenols, which have numerous applications such as surfactant esters)
  • Herbicides (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid)
  • Wood preservative (pentachlorophenol)
  • Aniline
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Dyes


Physical Form
Characteristically sweet
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Color (Molten)max. 20APHAD-1686-96 (2003)el
Puritymin. 99.6wt%D-6142
Solidification Pointmin. 40.6°CD-1493-97
Water Content (at loading)max. 0.03%D-1631-99
Water Content (at receipt)max. 0.1%D-1631-99
Physico-Chemical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Autoignition Temperature715 (1319)°C (°F)-
Boiling Point (760 mmHg)181.8 (359.2)°C (°F)-
Flammable Limits (Lower limit)approx. 1.5%-
Flash Point79 (174.2)°C (°F)Closed Cup
Flash Point85 (185)°C (°F)Open Cup
Freezing Point40.9 (105.6)°C (°F)-
Light SensitiveYes--
Molecular Weight94.11--
Specific Gravity of Liquid (at 41°C (105.8°F))1.058--
Specific Gravity of Liquid (at 50°C (122°F))1.049--
Specific Gravity of Liquid (at 60°C (140°F))1.041--
Specific Gravity of Solid (at 25°C (77°F))1.132--
Threshold (odor)0.3ppm-
Threshold Limit Value (8 hours)5ppm-
Vapor Density (Air = 1.0)3.24--
Viscosity of Liquid (at 45°C (113°F))3.8cSt-
Viscosity of Liquid (at 60°C (140°F))2.52cSt-
Viscosity of Liquid (at 80°C (176°F))1.597cSt-
Water Solubility (miscibility at 25°C (77°F))9.5wt%-
Weight per gallon (at 50°C (122°F))8.75lb-

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Shipped in water solutions to eliminate molten storage.

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