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The Basic Information About Pentaerythritol

PENTAERYTHRITOL (also called Tetramethylolmethane) is a polyalcohol compound containing 4 esterficable hydroxyl groups which characterize polyol functions.
Pentaerythritol is a white crystallineodorlesssolid; moderately soluble in cold water, freely soluble in hot water;melting point 260 C and boiling point 276 C at 30 mm Hg. It is preparedfrom aldol condensations of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.
Following Cannizaro reaction, it is used to make explosives such as pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).Pentaerythritol is a basic material for polymer production.Pentaerythritol is used to make alkyol resins, other coating compounds.PENTAERYTHRITOL is used in the preparation of polyvinyl chloride stabilizers, antioxidants, varnishes, paints, adhesives, and other infinite derivatives.
There are commercially three grades of pentaerythritol: MONOPENTAERYTHRITOL( 98 percent, with di- and tripentaerythritol impurities), technical (88 percent, with 8 to 10 percent DIPENTAERYTHRITOL, balance tri-) and nitration (99 percent, with di- and tripentaerythritol impurities).