Iso propyl acetate is a clear, colourless liquid with a pleasant, fruity odour. It has a low boiling point, is miscible with all common organic solvents, and slightly soluble in water.
Iso propyl acetate is a fast-evaporating solvent with properties which are intermediate between ethyl and butyl acetates. It is chemically manufactured by the esterification of isopropanol and acetic acid in the presence of a strong acid.
Synonyms: Propan-2-ol acetate; 2-Acetoxypropane; 2-Propyl acetate; Secondary Propyl Acetate; Acetic Acid, Isopropyl Ester; Isopropyl Ethanoate; 1-Methylethyl acetate; 2-Acetoxypropane; Acetic acid, 1-methylethyl ester; 2-Propyl Ethanoate
Applications of Iso Propyl Acetate
Iso propyl acetate is widely used in a range of industries owing to its miscibility and solvent powers. Its fast evaporation and low hygroscopicity make it an important component in the gravure and flexographic printing inks which are used for plastic films, magazines, catalogues, paper and plastic packaging materials.
It is found in surface coatings for automotive and various other applications, in adhesives, and it also has applications in the pharmaceutical industry.
Iso propyl acetate is frequently used as a solvent for cellulose, resins, plastics, oils and fats and as an extraction solvent. It is also a solvent and fragrance carrier in perfumes and personal care products, and a flavouring agent in foods and beverages.
Storage and Handling
Iso propyl acetate should be stored in a tightly-closed container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from sources of ignition, acids, bases and strong oxidizers. Containers which have been opened should be carefully resealed and stored in an upright position to avoid leakage. In recommended conditions, the product can be expected to remain stable for at least one year.
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.