Ethanol Absolute 20L – SMART-Chemie Brand
ETHANOL (ETHYL ALCOHOL) 99.9%
Analytical Reagent grade. Suitable for laboratory processes as well as for making hand sanitiser and cleaning solution.
Undenatured – ATO Concessional Spirit permit required.
Pack size: 20L, metal drum.
DANGEROUS GOODS – freight surcharge applies.
UN 1170 Class 3 PG II
About Ethanol Absolute 20L – SMART-Chemie (Source: Wikipedia.)
Ethanol (also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol, drinking alcohol, or simply alcohol) is a chemical compound, a simple alcohol with the chemical formula C2H6O. Its formula can be also written as CH3?CH2?OH or C2H5OH (an ethyl group linked to a hydroxyl group), and is often abbreviated as EtOH. Ethanol is a volatile, flammable, colourless liquid with a slight characteristic odour. It is a psychoactive substance and is the principal active ingredient found in alcoholic drinks.
Ethanol is naturally produced by the fermentation of sugars by yeasts or via petrochemical processes, and is commonly consumed as a popular recreational drug. It also has medical applications as an antiseptic and disinfectant. The compound is widely used as a chemical solvent, either for scientific chemical testing or in synthesis of other organic compounds, and is a vital substance used across many different kinds of manufacturing industries. Ethanol is also used as an alternative fuel source.
Ethanol is used in medical wipes and most commonly in antibacterial hand sanitiser gels as an antiseptic for its bactericidal and anti-fungal effects. Ethanol kills microorganisms by dissolving their membrane lipid bilayer and denaturing their proteins, and is effective against most bacteria and fungi and viruses. However, it is ineffective against bacterial spores, but can be alleviated by using hydrogen peroxide. 70% ethanol is the most effective concentration, particularly because of osmotic pressure. Absolute ethanol may inactivate microbes without destroying them because the alcohol is unable to fully permeate the microbe’s membrane. Ethanol can also be used as a disinfectant and antiseptic because it causes cell dehydration by disrupting the osmotic balance across cell membrane, so water leaves the cell leading to cell death.