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  • Acetaldehyde, sometimes known as ethanal, is an organic chemical compound with the formula CH3CHO or MeCHO.
  • Acetaldehyde is a clear liquid that catches fire fast and has a strong odor.
  • Acetaldehyde is found naturally in many foods such as ripe fruits, cheese and heated milk. It is also used to
    make products like insulating foam.
  • Acetaldehyde is miscible in water, alcohol, ether, benzene, gasoline, solvent naphtha, toluene, xylene, turpentine, acetone, and other common organic solvents.
  • Acetaldehyde, CH3CHO is an important intermediate in industrial organic synthesis.
  • Acetaldehyde can be synthesized by various methods including partial oxidation of ethanol or ethylene , hydration of acetylene and ethanol dehydrogenation .
  • In yoghurt fermentation, both Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus have been found to produce acetaldehyde.
  • Commercial processes for the production of acetaldehyde include: the oxidation or dehydrogenation of ethanol, the addition of water to acetylene, partial oxidation of hydrocarbons, and the direct oxidation of ethylene.
  • Acetaldehyde is an important intermediate in the production of acetic acid, acetic anhydride, ethyl acetate, peracetic acid, pentaerythritol, chloral, glyoxal, alkylamines, and pyridines.
  • Acetaldehyde is also used in the manufacture of disinfectants, drugs, perfumes, explosives, lacquers and varnishes, photographicchemicals, phenolic and urea resins, rubber accelerators and antioxidants, and room air deodorizers; acetaldehyde is a pesticide intermediate.
  • Acetaldehyde is also used as a solvent in the production of rubber, in tanning of leather, in the paper industry, as a fruit and fish preservative, as a flavoring agent, as a denaturant for alcohol and in composition of fuel.

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