N-Butyl Acetate

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n-Butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an organic compound commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and other products. It is a colorless flammable liquid. Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals it imparts characteristic flavors and has a sweet smell of banana or apple. It is used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods.

The other three isomers of butyl acetate are: isobutyl acetate, tert-butyl acetate, and sec-butyl acetate.

The excellent dissolving power of n-Butyl acetate, its good volatility, high dilutability (especially in a mixture with alcohols), and resistance to blushing of drying paint films make it one of the most important medium-volatility solvents. n-Butyl acetate may also be used in combination lacquers. It can be employed e.g. for the isocyanate component in catalysed lacquers. Because of its pleasant odor n-Butyl acetate may be used in the manufacture of essences, perfumes, stain removers and glazed paper.

No. Parameter Test Method Limit
1 Purity, %wt GC 99 min
2 Water , %wt ASTM
3 Acidity as Acetic Acid,%wt ASTM
4 Density, g/cm3 at 20 C ASTM
0.880 - 0.882
5 Boiling range @1013 mbar   124-126
6 Refractive Index at 20 C - 1.3925-1.3945


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