Propylene Carbonate

Propylene Carbonate is an organic compound with the formula CH3C2H3O2CO. It is a carbonate ester derived from propylene glycol. This colorless and odorless liquid is useful as a polar, aprotic solvent.

Propylene Carbonate has a high molecular dipole moment, considerably higher that those of acetone and ethyl acetate. Due to its high dielectric constant of 64, it is frequently used as a high permittivity component of electrolytes in lithium batteries, usually together with a low-viscosity solvent. Its high polarity allows it to create an effective solvation shell around lithium ions, thereby creating a conductive electrolyte. However, it is not used in lithium-ion batteries due to its destructive effect on graphite.

Propylene Carbonate can also be found in some adhesives, paint, strippers, and in cosmetics. It is also used as a plasticizer.


We are pleased to offer Propylene Carbonate in the following quantities:

  • IBC Totes