Vinyl acetate

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A colorless liquid used in the production of several polymers, i.e., Polyvinyl acetate, Polyvinyl alcohol, Polyvinyl butyral, and Polyvinyl chloride acetate. The process for making vinyl acetate was first patented in 1958 by Celanese.

Synonyms and Related Terms

acetic acid ethenyl ester; acetic acid vinyl ester; vinyl acetate monomor (VAM); a-acetoxyethylene

Chemical structure

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  • Flammable.
  • Toxic by inhalation and ingestion.
  • Contact causes irritation.
  • ThermoFisher: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in most organic solvents. Insoluble in water.

Composition CH3COOCH:CH2
CAS 108-05-4
Melting Point -100.2 C
Density 0.9345 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 86.09
Refractive Index 1.3941
Boiling Point 72.7 C

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 10130