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  • Acetophenone is a crystalline ketone that is used as a solvent for cellulose ethers and esters in the manufacture of alcohol-soluble resins.
  • These in turn are used in perfume. Acetophenone is used to create fragrances that resemble almond, cherry, honeysuckle, jasmine, and strawberry. It is used in chewing gum. It can be found naturally in apple, cheese, apricot, banana, beef and cauliflower.


  • This chemical may be obtained by the dry distillation of a mixture of the calcium salts of acetic and benzoic acids.
  •  acetophenone mainly comes as a by-product of the phenol-acetone synthesis in the cumene oxidation process. At one time it was used as a hypnotic under the name of hypnone.
  • Acetophenone is also extracted from the production stream and marketed in a commercial quality of 98 % and 99 % purity. It is a basic raw material in hydrocarbon resins for the production of adhesives and printing inks.  Acetophenone is also a precursor to certain agrochemicals. A very special application of Acetophenone is its use in  the production of synthetic musk for the perfume industry.


  • Some solvents have however proven to be harmful or are suspected of being harmful. This has led to a flood of regulations for the protection of health and the environment which have been put into practice by industry.
  • solvents are now completely prohibited, others are limited in their application areas and many substances are now being recycled and re-used. The vast quantity of legal measures has brought about major changes in the solvent market.

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