Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate

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A clear liquid used as a solvent. Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate is commonly called by its trademark name of methyl Cellosolve® acetate. It is a powerful solvent that dissolves most natural resins and synthetic resins; it is used to make quick drying varnishes, enamels, inks, stains and nail polishes. Methyl Cellosolve® acetate is also used to print alcohol soluble dyes on textiles and to make photographic film.

Synonyms and Related Terms

methyl Cellosolve® acetate [Union Carbide]; 2-methoxyethyl acetate; 2-methoxy ethanol acetate

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Miscible with ethanol, water, most organic solvents and oils.

Composition C5H10O3
CAS 110-49-6
Melting Point -65.1
Density 1.0067
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 118.1
Boiling Point 145

Hazards and Safety

Highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption. Potential carcinogen. Combustible. Moderate fire risk.

International Chemical Safety Card

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979