Maleic anhydride is an organic compound with the formula C4H2O3. Maleic anhydride is a cyclic carboxylic anhydride. It is a colorless or white solid with an acrid odor. Maleic anhydride is produced by oxidation of benzene or a C4 hydrocarbon such as butane in the presence of a vanadium oxide catalyst.
|Molten Color||10 APHA|
|Molten Color After Heating||14 APHA|
|Solidification Point||52.6 °C|
|Ash Content||4.99 ppm|
|Iron Content||0.47 ppm|
· Maleic anhydride is a highly reactive chemical intermediate with present and potential uses in practically every field of industrial chemistry.
· Maleic anhydride is essential to the production of a multitude of resins and plastics, agricultural and industrial chemicals, petroleum additives, paper sizing, water treatment chemicals, epoxy curing agents, artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, hair sprays, pharmaceuticals and copolymers.
· Its biggest single use is in the manufacture of unsaturated polyester resins.
· Another market for maleic anhydride is lubricating oil additives, which are used in gasoline and diesel engine crankcase oils as dispersants and corrosion inhibitors.