Ethylene

CAS RN:74-85-1

Major Uses

For ethylene (USEPA/OPP Pesticide Code: 041901) ACTIVE products with label matches. /SRP: Registered for use in the U.S. but approved pesticide uses may change periodically and so federal, state and local authorities must be consulted for currently approved uses./
Oxyethylene welding and cutting metals; manufacture of alcohol, mustard gas, and many other organics. Manufacture of ethylene oxide (for plastics), polythene, polystyrene and other plastics. Plant growth regulator; used commercially to accelerate the ripening of various fruits.
Induces ripening; causes leaves to droop and drop; promotes senescence.
Ethylene is used in the production of fabricated plastics, antifreeze; making fibers; to manufacture ethylene oxide, polyethylene for plastics, alcohol, mustard gas, and other organics.
Herbicide, plant growth regulator (to accelerate the ripening of harvested fruits and vegetables, curing agent for tobacco).
The largest application for ethylene is polymerization to HDPE /high-density polyethylene/, LDPE /low-density polyethylene/, and LLDPE /linear low-density polyethylene/.
Manufacture of polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene dichloride, ethylene glycols, aluminum alkyls, vinyl chloride, vinyl acetate, ethyl chloride, ethylene chlorohydrin, acetaldehyde, ethyl alcohol, polystyrene, styrene, polyvinyl chloride, SBR, polyester resin, trichloroethylene, etc.
/Ethylene is used/ as a refrigerant, in welding and cutting of metals, an anesthetic, and in orchard sprays to accelerate fruit ripening.
/SRP2005: Former/ Manufacture of tetraethyl lead
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