Isopropyl alcohol (IUPAC name propan-2-ol; commonly called isopropanol) is a compound. It is a colorless, flammable chemical compound with a strong odor. As an isopropyl group linked to a hydroxyl group, it is the simplest example of a secondary alcohol, where the alcohol carbon atom is attached to two other carbon atoms. It is a structural isomer of 1-propanol. It has a wide variety of industrial and household uses, and is a common ingredient in chemicals such as antiseptics, disinfectants and detergents.
1. It is used in synthetic polymers, such as phenolic varnishes and nitrocellulose lacquers
2. It is used in cements, primers, paints, and inks
3. It is used in manufacturing of electronic parts, for metals and photographic films and papers, in glass cleaners, liquid soaps & detergents, and in aerosols
4. Pharmaceutical products: embrocations, massage solutions
5. It is used in insect repellants, hair sprays, deodorants, air-fresheners
6. Medical and veterinary products: antiseptics, foot fungicides, first aid and medical vapour sprays, skin soothers, veterinary pink eye, wound, and dehorning sprays, house and garden type insecticides