What is P-Toluenesulfonic Acid
P-Toluenesulfonic Acid short for PTSA or tosylic acid (TsOH). It is an organic compound with the formula CH3C6H4SO3H. C-A-S Number：104-15-4, UN Number：2585.
It is a white extremely hygroscopic solid soluble in water, alcohols, and other polar organic solvents. The CH3C6H4SO2 group is known as the tosyl group and is often abbreviated as Ts or Tos. Most often, TsOH refers to the monohydrate, TsOH.H2O.
As with other aryl sulfonic acids, TsOH is a strong organic acid. It is about one million times stronger than benzoic acid. It is one of the few strong acids that are solid and therefore is conveniently weighed and stored.
The major function of P-Toluenesulfonic acid：
Chemical Reagents A more familiar acid is benzoic acid. Naturally found in plants and proven to be a helpful food preservative, benzoic acid is an important precursor for the industrial synthesis of many other organic substances. This puts into perspective how useful toluenesulfonic acid is since it’s a million times stronger than benzoic acid. This has made it a common ingredient for everyday products such as pesticides, dyes, and detergents. Medicinal Intermediates Tosylic acid is an intermediate for medicinal drugs, which is perhaps the most important use for toluenesulfonic acid manufacturers. Intermediates are the chemical compounds that form the building blocks of active pharmaceutical ingredients. These intermediates are used to create the bulk of pharmaceutical drugs, and they even aid in the research and development of medicines by pharma and biopharma companies. Resin Curing Agents Toluenesulfonic acids are used in curing agents for materials such as plastics. These resins have two parts, an A and a B side. The B side, known as the hardener, is the epoxy-curing agent. This curing agent reacts with the A-side. These reactions create hard, thermoset materials that are often used as coatings and components in finished goods such as adhesives or composites. For further clarification, a thermoset material is a liquid or soft prepolymer or resin that has been irreversibly hardened through curing induced by heat or suitable radiation, which is promoted by high pressure or mixing with a catalyst.
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