What is butyl acetate, and what is it used for?


Butyl acetate comes in four flavors:

http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/b6184.htm, n-butyl acetateMSDS (CH3COOCH2CH2CH2CH3) is a colorless, flammable liquid that is often used in organic chemistry laboratories as a solvent. Industrially, n-butyl acetate is used in the manufacture of lacquers, artificial leather, photographic films, plastics, and safety glass. It has a pleasant, fruity odor (rather like pears), and it is used in the flavoring/fragrance industry as an artificial flavoring. At high concentrations (200 ppm+) it is toxic.

http://siri.uvm.edu/msds/mf/cards/file/0840.html,sec-butyl acetateMSDS (CH3COOCH(CH3)CH2CH3) is used as a

http://www.alfa.com/cgi-bin/odcwebcat/jump.cgi?FILE=msds/A18330.html,t-butyl acetateMSDS (CH3COOC(CH3)3_) is used as an industrial solvent. It has been added to gasoline since the 1960's to prevent engine knocking.

Related links

tert-Butyl Acetate (OSHA, US Dept. of Labor)
Recognition, evaluation, and health guidelines for TBAC.
http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/tertbutylacetate/ (10/01/99)

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