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Skeletal formula of diglyme
Space-filling model of the diglyme molecule
Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
2-Methoxyethyl ether
Di(2-methoxyethyl) ether
Diethylene glycol dimethyl ether
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.003.568
EC Number
  • 203-924-4
Molar mass 134.175 g·mol−1
Density 0.937 g/mL
Melting point −64 °C (−83 °F; 209 K)
Boiling point 162 °C (324 °F; 435 K)
Toxic (T)
Flammable (F)
R-phrases (outdated) R60 R61 R10 R19
S-phrases (outdated) S53 S45
Flash point 57 °C (135 °F; 330 K)
Related compounds
Related compounds
Diethylene glycol diethyl ether, ethylene glycol dimethyl ether
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Diglyme, or bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether, is a solvent with a high boiling point. It is an organic compound which is the dimethyl ether of diethylene glycol. (The name "diglyme" is a portmanteau of "diglycol methyl ether.") It is a colorless liquid with a slight ether-like odor. It is miscible with water as well as organic solvents.

It is prepared by a reaction of dimethyl ether and ethylene oxide over an acid catalyst.[2]


Structure of [Na(diglyme)2]+ as found in its salt with the fluorenyl anion.[3]

Because of its resiliance to strong bases, diglyme is favored as a solvent for reactions of alkali metal reagents even at high temperatures. Therefore, reactions involving organometallic reagents, such as Grignard reactions or metal hydride reductions, may have significantly enhanced reaction rates.[4][5]

Diglyme is also used as a solvent in hydroboration reactions with diborane.[6][7]

It serves as a chelate for alkali metal cations, leaving anions more active.


The European Chemicals Agency lists diglyme as a Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) as a Reproductive Toxin.[8]


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