A colorless, sweet-smelling liquid. Butyl acetate has been used as a solvent for cellulose nitrate products such as celluloid, pyroxylin lacquers, and airplane wing dope. It is also used in the manufacture of photographic film, artificial leather, and safety glass. Because butyl acetate is not hygroscopic and evaporates slowly, it produces smooth shiny, transparent films.
Synonyms and Related Terms
n-butyl acetate; acetic acid butyl ester
Miscible with ethanol, ether and most hydrocarbon solvents.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 116.2|
Hazards and Safety
Narcotic in high concentrations. Skin contact may cause irritation. Flammable.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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