Butyl acetate is a colorless, flammable liquid that is often used in organic chemistry laboratories as a solvent. Industrially, 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.
Butyl acetate dissolves relatively easy in water. The volatility is reduced in water solution. It has a strong fruity smell and the taste is similar to banana.
This substance belongs to the group of esters, which normally is synthesized by a reaction between an organic acid and an alcohol, in this case acetic acid and butyl alcohol.
Butyl acetate occurs in a large amount of
products. It is used as a solvent in many types of products.
The largest use is in paint & lacquer. Other large uses are
in adhesive and hardener. Butyl acetate is also used in
production of medicals as a solvent/extraction agent. Minor
uses occur also in anticorrosive agents, sealing agents,
putty, cleaning agents and car care products. In paints,
butyl acetate replaces older types of organic solvents that
are associated with health and environmental problems.