Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily liquid with a sharp, pungent odor. Glutaraldehyde is used for industrial, laboratory, agricultural, medical, and some household purposes, primarily for disinfecting and sterilization of surfaces and equipment. For example, it is used in oil and gas recovery operations and pipelines, waste water treatment, x-ray processing, embalming fluid, leather tanning, paper industry, in fogging and cleaning of poultry houses, and as a chemical intermediate in the production of various materials. It may be used in select goods, such as paint and laundry detergent. Glutaral is used as an antimicrobial agent in sugar mills and as a fixing agent in the immobilisation of glucose isomerase enzyme preparations for use in the manufacture of high fructose corn syrup A polymerized isomer of glutaraldehyde known as polycycloglutaracetal is a fertilizer for aquatic plants. It is claimed that it provides a bioavailable source of carbon for higher plants that is not available to algae. Though (...)

Pentanedial, Glutaral, Glutaric dialdehyde, Cidex, Glutardialdehyde, Sonacide, Glutaralum, Glutarol, Ucarcide, Aldesan, Alhydex, Hospex, Glutaric acid dialdehyde, 1,3-Diformylpropane
Chemical Formula
CAS Number


Molar Weight
100.12 g/mol
Melting Point
less than 20 °F (USCG, 1999)
Boiling Point
369 to 372 °F at 760 mm Hg (decomposes) (NTP, 1992)
Liquid (clear), Colourless

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Disinfectant


  • Chemical Processing