Definition and Usage Areas of N-butyl acetate
N-butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an ester that is a colorless flammable liquid at room temperature. Butyl acetate, along with other chemicals, imparts characteristic flavors and is found in many fruit species, which have a sweet scent of banana or apple. It is used as a synthetic fruit additive in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheese, and fried products. Butyl acetate is often used as a high-boiling solvent of moderate polarity.
Butyl acetates are commonly produced by the Fischer esterification of butanol (or the butyl acetate isomer of its isomer) and acetic acid in the presence of catalytic sulfuric acid under reflux conditions by the following reaction
Apples, especially some of the Red Delicious variety, are flavored with this chemical. The Koschevnikov gland emitted by alarm pheromones of honey bees contains butyl acetate.
- It is used in leather and chemical industry.
- It is an important solvent in paint production. It is used in the production of lacquer (varnish). Again, Cellulose nitrate is an excellent solvent for polymers, resins, inks, adhesives and oils.
- It is used as an essence in the cosmetics industry.
- It is used as an essence in cleaning materials.
- It is used in the food industry as a synthetic fruit flavoring in candy, chewing gum, ice cream, cheese and baked goods.
𝐍-𝐁𝐮𝐭𝐲𝐥 𝐀𝐜𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞: N-Butyl Acetate is a limpid colorless liquid with a fruity odor. It is prepared by heating and distillation of n-butyl alcohol and acetic acid, in presence of sulphuric acid which acts as a catalyst.
𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐋𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒: N-Butyl Acetate is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent, Other industry uses include lubricants, intermediaries, fruit flouring, fabrics and leather, in cleaning and care products for vehicles, air, and personal use and as an anticorrosive agent.
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