Also called glycerol, glycerin or glycerin is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Glycerol has three hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. The glycerol backbone is central to all lipids known as triglycerides. Glycerol is sweet-tasting and generally considered non-toxic.
Refined glycerin is used for a variety of purposes across many different industries. The following is a list of main applications of glycerol:
• Basic Materials - Glycerol is used as a substitute for petroleum-based polypropylene, a textile, and in both rigid and flexible industrial foams. It is also used as a building block for many different kinds of industrial chemicals;
• Pharmaceuticals - Used as an additive in cough syrup, toothpaste, skin care, hair care, soap and many others;
• Explosives - The compound nitroglycerin, made with glycerol, is commonly used in all types of explosives;
• Other - Used as an ingredient in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids, plasticizers (List assembled from many different sources).
Meridional TCS can supply refined glycerin in different qualities. The products are: