Cyclohexane CAS: 110-82-7 Cyclohexane also known as CYX, hexamethylene, hexahydrobenzene, hexanaphthene, and benzenehexahydride is a colourless, volatile, and flammable liquid with the molecular formula C6H12, CAS: 110-82-7. It has a mild odour and is insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol, ether, acetone, benzene, and ligroin. Cyclohexane occurs naturally in petroleum crude oil, volcanic gases and […]
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Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Methyl ethyl ketone also known as MEK, butanone, 2-butanone, butan-2-one, oxobutane, or methyl acetone is a clear volatile liquid that is soluble in water and has a mild, acetone odour and has the molecular formula C4H8O, CAS: 78-93-3. It has a flash point of -9°C and a specific gravity of 0.81
The main commercial production route for methyl ethyl ketone is through the dehydrogenation of secondary butanol although newer technology involves the direct oxidation of n-butene in solution, using palladium and cupric chlorides as catalysts.
The Chinese market is the main driver for the demand of MEK.
The majority demand is from the paints and coatings industry as a low viscosity solution can be obtained without it affecting the film properties of the product. These lacquers are used in the automotive, electrical goods, and furniture industries.
MEK is also used in the manufacture of plastics and textiles, the manufacture of printing inks, and also in rubber-based industrial cements. It is also used in the chemical industry as it is a precursor to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide which is itself used as a catalyst to initiate the polymerisation of polyester resins used in fibre-glass reinforced products.