Methyl Methacrylate CAS: 80-62-6 Methyl Methacrylate also known as MMA, 2-methylmethacrylate, or methyl 2-methyl propenoate is an ester of methacrylic acid with the molecular formula C5H8O2 , CAS: 80-62-6. It is a clear, colourless liquid that has an acrid odour and is not known to occur naturally. It is insoluble in water, but is soluble in […]
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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.