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Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), also known as Butanone, is a colorless liquid with a molecular weight of 72.11 g/mol. It has a melting point of -86 °C, a boiling point of 79.6 °C, and a density of 0.805 g/cm³. MEK is widely used in industries such as paints and coatings, adhesives, printing inks, and chemical manufacturing. It serves as a solvent for paints, varnishes, adhesives, cleaning agents, and as a chemical intermediate.

Chemical Formula:

C4H8O

CAS Number:

78-93-3

Synonyms:

Butanone, 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone

Characteristics

Molar Weight

72.11 g/mol

Melting Point

-86 °C

Boiling Point

79.6 °C

Solubility

Miscible with many organic solvents, slightly soluble in water

Density

0.805 g/cm³

Forms

Colorless liquid

Odor

USES AND APPLICATIONS

Key applications

  • Solvent for paints,
  • varnishes, adhesives,
  • cleaning agents,
  • chemical intermediate

Industries

  • Paints and coatings,
  • adhesives,
  • printing inks,
  • chemical manufacturing

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