Methyl Acetate

Methyl Acetate

CAS# 79-20-9
Formula: C3H6O2 or CH3COOCH3
Synonyms: MeOAc; acetic acid methyl ester; methyl ethanoate

Methyl acetate is a carboxylate ester with the formula CH3COOCH3. It is a flammable liquid with a characteristically pleasant smell reminiscent of some glues and nail polish removers. Methyl acetate is occasionally used as a solvent, being weakly polar and lipophilic, but its close relative ethyl acetate is a more common solvent being less toxic and less soluble in water. Methyl acetate has a solubility of 25% in water at room temperature. At elevated temperature its solubility in water is much higher. Methyl acetate is not stable in the presence of strong aqueous bases or aqueous acids.

Product Specifications

Boiling Point   57 deg C
Molecular Weight   74.08
Melting Point   -98 deg C
Appearance   Clear colorless liquid
Class Acetates
Market   Specialties

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