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KETONICS | METHYLETHYLKETONE (MEK)

Description

Methyl ethyl ketone (also known as MEK, butanone, 2-butanone, butan-2-one, oxobutane, or methyl acetone) is a clear volatile liquid that is soluble in water and has a mild, acetone odour.  It has the formula C4H8O.

Methyl ethyl ketone does occur naturally as it is biosynthesized by some trees and is also found in small amounts in some fruits and vegetables as well as in chicken, honey and a variety of cheeses.

Applications

Over 50 % of the demand for Methyl ethyl ketone is for the paints and coatings industry.  These lacquers are used in the automotive, electrical goods, and furniture industries.

MEK is also used in the manufacture of plastics and textiles, the manufacture of printing inks, and also in rubber-based industrial cements.  It is also used in the chemical industry as it is a precursor to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide which is itself used as a catalyst to initiate the polymerisation of polyester resins used in fibre-glass reinforced products.

Cas: 78-93-3

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