Ethyl Acetate (EAC)
Ethyl Acetate (EAC)
Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Ethyl Acetate, also know as acetic ester, is an organic compound with the chemical formula C4H8O2. It is a kind of ester with functional group-Coor (double bond between carbon and oxygen). It can be used for common ester reactions such as alcoholysis, amolysis, transesterification, reduction, etc. It is mainly used as solvent, edible flavor, cleaning agent. HS CODE: 29153100

Features of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Ethyl acetate exhibits the following features: 

In summary, ethyl acetate possesses multiple advantageous properties and finds widespread applications in industries such as coatings, paints, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and food processing.

Ethyl Acetate (EAC) Properties

CAS #EC NumberHill FormulaChemical FormulaMolar Mass
141-78-6205-500-4C4H8O2CH3COOC2H588.11 g/mol
SynonymsEthyl acetate, Ethyl ethanoate, Acetic ester, Ethyl ester
Ethyl Acetate AbbreviationEAC
Product Information
CAS number141-78-6
EC index number607-022-00-5
EC number205-500-4
Hill FormulaC4H8O2
Chemical formulaCH3COOC2H5
Molar Mass88.11 g/mol
HS Code29153100
Molecular Structureethyl-acetate-molecular-structure.png
Physicochemical Information
Boiling point77 °C (1013 hPa)
(d 20 °C/ 4 °C)
0.90 g/cm3 (20 °C) 
Explosion limit2.1 - 11.5 %(V)
Flash point-4 °C
Ignition temperature460 °C
Melting Point-83 °C
Vapor pressure97 hPa (20 °C)
Solubility85.3 g/l

Package of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

For the package, Ethyl Acetate (EAC) is available in drum and isotank. The drum contains 180kg, and the container load for 20FCL is 14.4tons, 40FCL is 24.48tons with pallet and 25.2tons without pallet. The isotank contains 20-21MT.

Storage Caution of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Due to its flammability and volatility, Ethyl Acetate (EAC) may ignite and cause fires or explosions when exposed to high temperatures or ignition sources. Therefore, protective measures should be taken when storing and delivering ethyl acetate:

Applications of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Ethyl Acetate (EAC) has a wide range of applications across various industries due to its versatile properties. Some common applications of ethyl acetate  include:

Solvent: Ethyl acetate is primarily used as Ethyl Acetate Solvent in the production of paints, coatings, adhesives, varnishes, and inks. Its strong solvency power makes it effective in dissolving various resins, polymers, and organic compounds.

Extraction: Ethyl acetate is utilized in the extraction of natural products, such as essential oils, flavors, and fragrances, from plant materials due to its ability to efficiently extract organic compounds.

Pharmaceuticals: Ethyl acetate is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent in the manufacturing of drugs, pharmaceutical formulations, and as a carrier solvent in drug delivery systems.

Perfumes and Cosmetics: Ethyl acetate is commonly used in the formulation of perfumes, fragrances, and personal care products due to its pleasant fruity odor and low toxicity.

Nail Polish Remover: Ethyl acetate is a key ingredient in nail polish removers due to its ability to effectively dissolve nail polish without damaging the nails.

Laboratory Reagent: Ethyl acetate is frequently used as a solvent in chemical laboratories for various analytical and preparative procedures.


FAQs of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

FAQs of Ethyl Acetate (EAC)

Q. Is ethyl acetate the same as acetone?

No, ethyl acetate and acetone are not the same. They are two different chemical compounds with distinct structures and properties. Ethyl acetate (CH3COOCH2CH3) is an ester compound commonly used as a solvent in various industrial applications such as paints, coatings, adhesives, and pharmaceuticals. It has a sweet, fruity odor and is flammable. Acetone (CH3COCH3) is a ketone compound often used as a solvent, particularly in nail polish removers, paint thinners, and industrial cleaning agents. It has a strong odor and is also flammable.

Q. Is ethyl acetate safe in food?

Ethyl acetate is generally considered a safe food additive and is confirmed as suitable for food by regulatory bodies such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It is often used as a spice in foods and is used in products such as sweets, pastries and drinks. However, like any other food additive, ethyl acetate should be used in accordance with the relevant regulations and within the prescribed limits to ensure its safety.

Q. Is ethyl acetate a carcinogen?

According to current scientific research, ethyl acetate is not considered a carcinogen. However, high concentrations of ethyl acetate may cause certain health effects, especially in the case of long-term or high exposure. Therefore, when using ethyl acetate, it is still necessary to follow the relevant safe operating procedures and ensure proper ventilation and personal protection measures.

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