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Methyl acetate

Methyl Acetate is a clear colorless liquid with a pleasant smell. It is an aliphatic ester that can be prepared via carbonylation of dimethyl ether over zeolites. Methyl Acetate is used as a solvent in paint, nail polish remover, glue, and for extractions.

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

methyl acetate

What is Methyl acetate?

ArChem Methyl Acetate, also known as methyl ethanoate, is a carboxylate ester with a molecular formula of C3H6O2. It is a clear liquid that has a typical ester odor. Methyl Acetate is very flammable with a flashpoint of -10° C and a flammability rating of 3.

ArChem Methyl Acetate is a fast-evaporating solvent that can be used with a broad range of coating and ink resins. This product is a suitable choice for resins such as nitrocellulose, vinyl copolymers, acrylics, epoxies, polyamides, phenolics, alkyds, and polyesters.

Methyl acetate Technical Properties

Methyl Acetate is generally abbreviated as MeOAc. This product is fairly soluble in water at elevated temperatures. The chemical and physical properties of ArChem Methyl Acetate are listed below:

Molecular FormulaCH3COOCH3/ C3H6O2
IUPAC nameMethyl ethanoate
Cas Number79-20-9
Molecular weight74.07 g/mol
Density0.932 g cm–3
Boiling Point56.8 °C
Flashpoint-10 °C
Melting Point-98 °C
FlammabilityHighly flammable

Methyl acetate applications

Due to the fast evaporation rate of ArChem Methyl Acetate, it is a suitable choice for applications where fast solvent release and quick dry-to-touch time are needed. Some of ArChem Methyl Acetate uses are listed below:

  • Methyl Acetate is used for the preparation of paint, lacquer, and thinners
  • Methyl Acetate is used as an active solvent for nitrocellulose and cellulose acetate
  • Methyl Acetate is used as a chemical intermediate for the synthesis of chlorophacinone, diphacinone, fenfluramine, o-methoxy phenylacetone, p-methoxy phenylacetone, methyl cinnamate, methyl cyanoacetate, and phenylacetone.
  • Methyl Acetate is used in the Perfume industry
  • Methyl Acetate is used as a flavoring agent in food additives

Methyl acetate Production

Methyl Acetate is produced via carbonylation for industrial uses. To produce methyl acetate, methanol is heated alongside acetic acid in the presence of sulfuric acid.

Another production method is the esterification of methanol and acetic acid in the presence of a strong acid such as Sulfuric acid.

Methyl acetate Storage

Storage conditions of Methyl Acetate are listed below:

  • Methyl Acetate should be stored in a special area for flammable liquids.
  • This product should be stored in containers made of stainless steel, aluminum, or carbon steel.
  • Methyl Acetate should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated facility away from strong acids and alkalis, nitrates, and strong oxidizers.
  • Methyl Acetate should be kept out of direct sunlight, heat, and open flames.

Methyl acetate Health Hazards

Inhaling Methyl Acetate can cause headache, drowsiness, and fatigue. Swallowing causes dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue. It can also damage the eyes. Some of the hazardous effects are listed below:

  • Methyl Acetate can irritate the skin and cause itching, redness, rash, drying, and cracking.
  • Contacting Methyl Acetate with the eyes can cause irritation.
  • Breathing Methyl Acetate can irritate the nose and throat.
  • Exposure can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, nausea, and passing out.

Personal protective equipment should be worn when handling Methyl Acetate. If contact is made with the skin, immediately wash the contaminated area and seek medical attention. If contact is made with the eyes, immediately wash them with large amounts of water.

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What are the uses of Methyl acetate?

Methyl Acetate is used as an active solvent in paint, lacquer, and thinners.

What is the common name for Methyl acetate?

Methyl acetate, also known as MeOAc, acetic acid methyl ester, or methyl ethanoate.

What are the advantages of Methyl acetate?

Methyl Acetate can improve the performance of coatings.

What products contain Methyl acetate?

Methyl Acetate is a volatile solvent that can be used in glues, paints, and nail polish removers.

What is the use of Methyl acetate in the industry?

Methyl Acetate is used in fast-drying paints and for the manufacture of celluloid adhesives. Methyl Acetate is also used in lacquer solutions to lower the viscosity.

Is Methyl acetate the same as Acetone?

Methyl Acetate and acetone are two different chemical compounds. Methyl Acetate, unlike Acetone, has a low odor which is suitable for furniture and automotive applications.

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