n-Butyl Alcohol (n-Butanol)
A primary alcohol that occurs naturally as a minor product during the fermentation of sugars or other carbohydrates, n-butyl alcohol is found in many foods and beverages. It also has applications as an artificial flavorant in the U.S. for butter, cream, fruit, rum, whiskey, candy, baked goods, ice cream and ices, baked goods, and cordials. It also has many uses in other consumer products. n-butyl alcohol’s primary use is as an intermediate in the manufacture of butyl acetate (an industrial solvent and artificial flavorant). As a petrochemical, n-butyl alcohol is made from propylene and typically implemented close to the point of manufacture. It is also an intermediate in the production of butyl acetate, dibutyl phthalate, butyl acrylate, dibutyl sebacate, and other butyl esters. N-butyl alcohol is also used to produce butyl ethers such as ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, as well as di- and triethylene glycol monobutyl ether and corresponding butyl ether acetates.