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N-Butyl Acetate
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N-Butyl Acetate

CAS: 123-86-4

N-butyl acetate is a chemical compound with a molecular formula of C6H12O2, CAS: 123-86-4. It is commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers, inks and adhesives.  This product is a colourless liquid that has a fruity odour.  This product is highly flammable with a flash point of 24° C. It is highly miscible with all common organic solvents (alcohols, ketones, glycols, esters) but has only slight miscibility in water.

N-Butyl Acetate
N-Butyl Acetate

Production

The most common method for creating n-butyl acetate is via the esterification of a butanol isomer and acetic acid which are heated in the presence of a strong acid.

Uses

The most common use of normal butyl acetate is as a solvent in the production of lacquers and paints.  Its other major use is in the creation of adhesives and hardened coatings.  N-butyl acetate is also used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent or an extraction agent.  Its minor uses include cosmetic products, fragrance solvent in perfumes, as an anti-corrosive agent, in cleaning and car care products.  It is also used in the synthetic fruit flouring industry.