acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an organic compound commonly
used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and other products.
acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals
it imparts characteristic flavors.
especially of the Red Delicious variety, are flavored in part by this
colourless flammable liquid with a fruity odour, butyl acetate is produced
by the esterification of acetic acid using butanol in the presence of a
catalyst such as sulphuric acid.
- Esters can
be prepared by the reaction of a carboxylic acid with an alcohol in the
presence of a catalyst such as concentrated sulfuric acid, hydrogen
chloride, p-toluenesulfonic acid, or the acid form of an ion exchange
- In recent
years, the Butyl Acetate has seen rising demand for uses as an oxygenated
solvent substitute for hazardous air pollutants , such as aromatics and
- Long term
demand may be threatened in Asia, as policies flavouring progressive
reduction of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere come into
- It is also
used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream,
cheeses, and baked goods.
- Its main
uses are in paint manufacturing, automobiles, glue in wood coatings, nail
care, cosmetics and perfumes, extraction solvent for pharmaceuticals,
cleaning fluids and for low-end applications like paint thinner.
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