Chmical Formula: C6H12O2
General Properties: colorless, flammable
Odor: light, pleasant, fruity
Intensity: 08825 g/cm3 (20°C)
Boiling point: 126,1 °C
Melting point: -78 °C
Flash point: 22°C
Vapor pressure: in order of 0.1, 1.66, 44.5 kPa (-19,24, 100°C)
Refraction index: 1,3941 (20°C) ND
Solubility (aqueous) : 0.68 g/100 mL (20°C)
Viscosity: 0.685 cP (0,25 °C)
Also known as Butyl Ethanoate or n- Butyl Acetate. It is found abundantly in fruits. It is a solvent that has moderate polarity and high boiling point. It has three isomers; isobutyl acetate, tert – butyl acetate and sec – butyl acetate.
Butyl acetate is created through esterification of butanol and acetic acid.
Butyl acetate is generally used as fruit aroma in bakery products such as desserts, ice creams and cheese.
It is also a commonly used solvent for cellulose nitrat, polymers, resins, inks, glues and oils. It is also used in dye, varnish, leather trade and chemical productions.
Security Measures and Toxic Values
Butyl acetate is extremely flammable. It has to be kept out off high temperatures and direct fires. It may cause vertigo on humans and repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracks.