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Butyl acetate

n-Butyl acetate
Other names acetic acid, n-butyl ester
CAS number 123-86-4
Molecular formula C6H12O2
Molar mass 116.16 g/mol
Appearance Colourless liquid with fruity odour
Density 0.88 g/cm3, liquid
Melting point

-74 °C (199 K, -101°F)

Boiling point

126 °C (399 K, 256°F)

Solubility in water 0.7 g/100 ml (? °C)
Main hazards Flammable
Flash point 24 °C (297 K)
Related Compounds
Related acetates propyl acetate
amyl acetate
Related compounds butanol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

The chemical compound n-butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and other products. It is also used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods. Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals it imparts characteristic flavors. Apples, especially of the Red Delicious variety, are flavored in part by this chemical. It is a colourless flammable liquid with a sweet smell of banana. Humbrol Poly Cement also contains this chemical.

n-Butyl acetate has three isomers: isobutyl acetate, tert-butyl acetate, and sec-butyl acetate.


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