What is Glutaraldehyde (5-Pentanedion, Glutaricdialdehyde, GDA)?

Glutaraldehyde is a sterilising chemical with multiple uses. The most popular use is to disinfect and sterilise equipment and surfaces, however it can also be used for household purposes. The other uses for Glutaraldehyde are as metalworking fluids and in oil and gas pipelines, skin medication, an antimicrobial in water-treatment systems and a fixative used in laboratories. The purpose is to kill bacteria.


Glutaraldehyde uses

There are various forms of Glutaraldehyde, and the usage of the chemical depends on its form. Manufacturers use Glutaraldehyde worldwide:

To disinfect and sterilize

Glutaraldehyde is used to kill bacteria by reacting with thiol and animes groups. It works well on equipment that cannot be heated in order to disinfect, Glutaraldehyde can be used to sterilise and kill any form of bacteria. It is commonly used in dentistry and hospitals. For example: Surgical equipment cannot be heated due to its specialist type of metal, therefore Glutaraldehyde is applied to sterilise the equipment thoroughly and safely.

As metalworking fluids and in oil and gas pipelines

Glutaraldehyde is used in oil and gas pipe lines to remove microorganisms that have grown in the pipelines. It is a fast-acting biocide that is effective once applied to the area to prevent further growth and therefore further implications.

As an antimicrobial in water-treatment systems

Glutaraldehyde can be used as a water treatment microbicide. It is very effective because it combines Glutaraldehyde and a bio dispersant additive to create a solution that is very effective in removing slime forming bacteria, algae and sulphate-reducing bacteria. Glutaraldehyde is recommended because it functions over a broad pH range and is much more efficient and quicker at treating the bacteria.

Is Glutaraldehyde Safe?

Consuming and interacting with Glutaraldehyde is widely considered to be unsafe. It is fatal if swallowed. According to the Glutaraldehyde MSDS breathing in Glutaraldehyde can cause lung damage. If Glutaraldehyde is frequently in contact with the skin, it may cause an allergic reaction, redness and burn the area exposed.

Glutaraldehyde also causes irritation to the eyes and skin if it comes in to contact with the areas. According to the Glutaraldehyde’s MSDS, the chemical should only be used as an industrial product and protective clothing and safety equipment should be worn at all times.

Proper storage and disposal of Glutaraldehyde needs to be taken into consideration in order to avoid any unwanted effects. To store the product, keep the container closed at a temperature between 4 – 8 degrees Celsius.

Glutaraldehyde stored outside in bulk

How is Glutaraldehyde Made?

Glutaraldehyde is made industrially by the oxidation of cyclopentane. Alternatively, Glutaraldehyde can be made by the Diels-Alder reaction of acrolein and vinyl ethers followed by hydrolysis.

Where to Buy Glutaraldehyde in Bulk?

You may be able to find Glutaraldehyde in small quantities in your area. But if you want to buy large quantities of Glutaraldehyde it is preferable to import directly from the manufacturers. They can issue certifications and provide cost savings which is better than buying the chemical in small quantities locally or from a distributor. If you require bulk quantities of this chemical, you can buy Glutaraldehyde on our website

Bulk wrapped Glutaraldehyde stored in PE drums

Which Countries Manufacture Glutaraldehyde in Bulk?

The main producers of Glutaraldehyde are:

  • China
  • Belgium
  • Africa
  • Germany
  • Poland

How is Glutaraldehyde Exported?

Glutaraldehyde is shipped in:

  • 25L (25kg) PE Drum
  • 200L (220kg) PE Drum
  • 1000L (1100kg) PE Drum/IBC
Glutaraldehyde stored in PE drums

Where to Buy Glutaraldehyde?

Here at Camachem we have Glutaraldehyde for sale. We export worldwide, so you can contact us for a FREE quotation today via email [email protected] or send us a message on WhatsApp for a fast response +86-131-2037-9271.