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Isobutyl acetate

Isobutyl Acetate is a clear colorless liquid with a fruity odor. This product is used as a solvent in the production of Nitrocellulose, polymers, resins, and oils.

ArChem provides Isobutyl Acetate and other organic solvents with different properties for various industrial applications. Plus, ArChem provides other chemical products including Nitrocellulose, Nitrocellulose solution, plasticizers and etc. for further information please get in touch with our technical sales team in ArChem. 

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What is Isobutyl acetate?

Isobutyl Acetate(also known as 2-methylpropyl ethanoate) is a solvent with a molecular formula of C6H12O2. Due to good solvent activity and desirable evaporation rate, ArChem Isobutyl Acetate is a suitable solvent for lacquer and coating applications. Key attributes of Archem Isobutyl Acetate are listed below:

  • Excellent solvent power for resins, polymers, oils, etc.
  • Low surface tension
  • Low water solubility
  • Medium evaporation rate
  • Higher volatility than n-Butyl Acetate
  • Mild odor
  • Non-HAP (Hazardous air pollutant) Solvent
  • Readily biodegradable

Isobutyl acetate Technical Properties

Isobutyl Acetate is highly miscible with many organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, glycols, and esters. however, it has slight miscibility in water. The chemical and physical properties of ArChem Isobutyl Acetate are listed below:

Molecular FormulaC6H12O2 or CH3COOCH2CH(CH3)2
IUPAC name2-methylpropyl ethanoate
Cas Number110-19-0
Molecular weight116.16 g/mol
Density0.867 g cm–3
Boiling Point118 °C
Flashpoint17.7 °C
Melting Point−99 °C
FlammabilityHighly flammable

Isobutyl acetate Applications

ArChem Isobutyl Acetate is used as an industrial solvent in paints, architectural coatings, printing inks, and adhesives. This product resembles n-butyl acetate and methyl isobutyl ketone in solvent performance and can be used as a replacement for these solvents.

Some of ArChem Isobutyl Acetate uses include:

  • Wood lacquers
  • Paint and coating
  • Printing inks
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Auto refinish
  • Fragrances
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cleaning products

Isobutyl acetate Production

Isobutyl Acetate is produced by the Fischer esterification of isobutyl alcohol and acetic acid in the presence of a strong acid.

Isobutyl Acetate Production

Isobutyl acetate Storage

Flammable materials such as Isobutyl Acetate should be stored in a separate safety storage cabinet or room. Storage conditions of ArChem Isobutyl Acetate are listed below:

  • Isobutyl Acetate should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated facility.
  • This product should be stored in containers made of stainless steel, aluminum, or carbon steel.
  • Isobutyl Acetate should be stored in containers, separately from oxidizing agents.
  • This product should keep in containers tightly closed, out of direct sunlight, heat, and open flames.

Isobutyl acetate Health Hazards

Isobutyl Acetate is highly flammable with a flash point of 18º C and a flammability rating of 3. It will be easily ignited by heat, sparks, or flames. Plus, vapors may form explosive mixtures with air. So, the best precautions must be taken during the handling and distribution of this product. Some of the symptoms related to the physical, chemical, and toxicological characteristics include:

  • In the case of inhalation, it will cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.
  • Prolonged and repeated contact on the skin can cause drying and cracking
  • If in the eyes, it will cause eye redness and pain.

Operators should wear appropriate personal protective clothing to prevent skin contact. when handling Isobutyl acetate, avoid contact with skin and eyes. Plus, wear appropriate protective eyeglasses to prevent eye contact. If contaminated, hands should be washed immediately, and clothing should be removed and replaced.

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What is the use of Isobutyl Acetate?

Isobutyl Acetate is used in the paints and coatings industry for wood varnishes, architectural coatings, printing inks, and adhesives.

Is Isobutyl Acetate hazardous?

Acute exposure to Isobutyl Acetate can cause contact irritation, headache, muscle weakness, dizziness, ataxia, and confusion.

Is Isobutyl Acetate toxic to the body?

Prolonged exposure to Isobutyl Acetate may cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Overexposure may cause weakness, drowsiness, and unconsciousness.

Is Isobutyl Acetate safe?

Isobutyl Acetate is highly flammable. Repeated exposure to Isobutyl Acetate can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat.

What is the CAS number of Isobutyl Acetate?

The CAS number of Isobutyl Acetate is 110-19-0.

What is the HS code for isobutyl acetate?

The HS code of Isobutyl Acetate is 29153400.

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