Iso butyl acetate is a clear colourless liquid with a mild fruity odour. It has a medium boiling point and medium volatility. It is miscible with all common organic solvents but has only limited solubility in water.
It is a versatile chemical with good solvent power for cellulose nitrate, polymers, resins and oils. Its solvent powers are similar to N butyl acetate and methyl isobutyl ketone, making it suitable for use as a substitute for these chemicals in many formulations.
In addition to its pleasant odour and excellent solvency characteristics, iso butyl acetate is readily thinned with aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, has high electrical resistance, low surface tension and a desirable evaporation rate. These attributes enable it to be used in a broad range of applications. See Applications below for further information.
Synonyms: 2-methylpropyl ethanoate, 2-methylpropyl acetate, Acetic Acid Isobutyl Ester, Acetic Acid 2-Methylpropyl Ester, 2-Methyl-1-Propyl Acetate, Isobutyl ethanoate
Applications of Iso Butyl Acetate
Iso butyl acetate is widely used as a solvent in coatings, polymer paints and isocyanate lacquers where amongst its other attributes, it inhibits blush. It is also used as a solvent in the leather, paper and chemical processing industries, and as an extraction solvent in the manufacture of certain antibiotics.
Iso butyl acetate can further be found in cleaners and adhesives, and as a solvent in fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products.
Storage and Handling
Iso butyl acetate should be stored in a tightly-closed container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from sources of ignition, nitrates, strong oxidizers, alkalis and acids. Containers which have been opened should be carefully resealed and stored in an upright position to avoid leakage.
Handle in accordance with good industry practices for safety and hygiene. Personal protective equipment including goggles and rubber or PVC gloves should be worn to avoid contact with skin and eyes. Appropriate engineering controls including sufficient natural or exhaust ventilation must be implemented to prevent exposure to vapours. Refer to product SDS for further information.