Paraxylene is one of the three DimethylBenzene isomers and therefore belongs to the Aromatics family, so called BTX where X stands for Xylene.
Paraxylene is also called P-Xylene or even PX.
Paraxylene is a colorless liquid.
Paraxylene is obtained by the distillation of camphor with zincchloride.
Then Paraxylene can be oxidized to form Purified TerePhthalic Acid (PTA).
Paraxylene is the principal precursor to PTA and Dimethyl Terephthalate, the two monomers used in the production of PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET).
The PET is one of the main source of raw materials to produce plastic bottles and polyester clothing.
98% of the Paraxylene production, and half of all xylene, is consumed in this way.
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