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Glysantin is a BASF brand name for cooling water additives that can be used in combustion engines . The product range covers the usual coolants, for example with and without silicate.

Originally the name only referred to a single product. Glysantin was the first engine coolant on the market and was developed in 1926 by the chemist Jordan and a patent applied for in 1929. The main component of Glysantin was monoethylene glycol , an alcohol that is not safe for consumption. Depending on the degree of dilution with water, frost protection down to below −40 ° C can be achieved. In addition, Glysantin protected the cooling circuit against corrosion by means of other additives (silicates and / or organic acids) .


Glysantin is inappropriately associated with the glycol wine scandal . Austrian winemakers had improperly their wine with the sweet-tasting, also toxic diethylene adulterated to make it taste less acidic.

In a train accident on May 20, 2011 near Müllheim (Baden) , large amounts of the chemical were released into the environment.

Individual evidence

  1. Train accident in Müllheim continues to slow down rail traffic . Press release in the Badische Zeitung on May 22, 2011. Retrieved on May 22, 2011

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