What Are the Uses of Isopropyl Acetate?

Introduction to Isopropyl Acetate

Isopropyl acetate is a colorless liquid with a pleasant fruity aroma. It is slightly soluble in water and can be mixed with most solvents, such as alcohols, ketones, and ethers. It is commonly referred to as a "universal solvent" due to its excellent solubility for various synthetic and natural resins.

Isopropyl acetate is a colorless transparent liquid with a fruity aroma. It is flammable, explosive, and volatile. It is slightly soluble in water and can be mixed with many organic solvents such as alcohols, ethers, and ketones. It can effectively dissolve many synthetic resins. It is obtained by esterification of acetic acid and isopropyl alcohol under sulfuric acid catalysis, followed by neutralization, dehydration, and distillation. Isopropyl acetate is produced from acetic acid and isopropyl alcohol.

Isopropyl acetate is mainly used as a solvent for coatings, printing inks, and is also a commonly used dehydrating agent in industry, an extractant in pharmaceutical production, and a component of fragrances.

Applications of Isopropyl Acetate

Isopropyl acetate is used in the production processes of leather coatings, leather PU resin synthesis, adhesives, and other products

Isopropyl acetate has similar volatility to butanone, and the isopropyl acetate price advantage over butanone, as well as the fact that it is not a controlled chemical, make it unnecessary to file for approval to purchase. Thus, replacing butanone with isopropyl acetate can reduce production costs, bringing significant benefits to businesses.

Isopropyl acetate is used in high-grade inks

Some high-end inks use isopropyl acetate as environmentally friendly ink solvents due to its high cost-effectiveness. Ethyl acetate evaporates too quickly, propyl acetate is too expensive, toluene is too toxic, but isopropyl acetate meets the needs of high-end inks.

Isopropyl acetate is used as a solvent for coatings

Isopropyl acetate has a volatility that is in between ethyl acetate and butyl acetate. It has a pleasant aroma and strong solvency, making it an effective solvent for many synthetic resins such as cellulose, nitrocellulose, styrene, and acrylic resins. It is widely used in high-end coatings such as cellphone and toy paints.

Isopropyl acetate is used as a dehydrating agent for acetic acid recycling

Isopropyl acetate can form azeotropic mixtures with water, and compared with the selective coefficients of many solvents, isopropyl acetate has a significant advantage. It is widely used in industrial acetic acid recycling equipment in industries such as PTA, cellulose acetate, and vinyl.

Isopropyl acetate is used in the pharmaceutical and pesticide industries

Isopropyl acetate has strong dissolving power, extraction ability, and skin permeability, as well as a suitable volatility, making it suitable for use in pharmaceutical and pesticide production.

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