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Ethyl Acetate
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Ethyl Acetate

CAS: 141-78-6

Ethyl Acetate is an organic ester compound with a molecular formula of C4H8O2, CAS: 141-78-6. It is commonly used as a solvent for cleaning, paint removal and coatings.  It is a colourless liquid with a fruity characteristic odour that is commonly recognised in glues and nail polish remover.  This product is highly flammable with a flash point of -4° C.  It is highly miscible with all common organic solvents (alcohols, ketones, glycols, esters) but only slightly miscibility in water.


Ethyl Acetate

Production

Ethyl acetate is mainly manufactured via the esterification of ethanol and acetic acid in the presence of a strong acid. 

Uses

Ethyl acetate is most commonly used as a solvent.  As a high purity solvent, it is used in cleaning electric circuit boards and as a nail polish remover.  At a lower purity, it can be used as in printing, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, food, decaffeination of tea/coffee and a carrier solvent for herbicides.  Ethyl acetate is also used in coating formulations for wood furniture, agricultural, construction equipment, mining equipment and marine uses.