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Comparison of Properties of Butyl Acetate and Methyl Ethyl Ketone As Solvents


1. Introduction of methyl ethyl ketone


Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK for short), also known as methyl ethyl ketone and 2-butanone, is an excellent organic solvent.


2. Butyl acetate and methyl ethyl ketone solvent properties


Methyl ethyl ketone is mainly used as a solvent, such as azeotropic distillation in the dewaxing of lubricating oil, paint industry and various resin solvents, vegetable oil extraction process and refining process. Its advantages are strong solubility and lower volatility than acetone. And it belongs to boiling point ketone solvent. Butanone is also an intermediate for the preparation of medicines, dyes, detergents, perfumes, antioxidants and certain catalysts. It is used as an anti-peeling agent methyl ethyl ketoxime, polymerization catalyst methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, corrosion inhibitor methylparafynol, etc., and also is used in the electronics industry as a developer for integrated circuit lithography. 


As an organic solvent with excellent performance, butyl acetate is widely used in the paint industry and coating industry to make nitrocellulose and its derivatives, varnishes, polyurethane varnishes, alkyd varnishes and colorful paints. It is also used in camphor, mineral oil, oil ester and synthetic resin, natural and synthetic rubber, ethylene, styrene and other polymer products such as 2-methacrylic acid. At the same time, it is also used in artificial leather and the pharmaceutical industry and electronics industry. It is also used in the plastics industry, perfume industry, and used as an extractant and dehydrating agent in various fields. This product is also used as a flavoring agent for wine due to its low toxicity. In short, the application is very extensive.


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