SKIN: prolonged or frequently repeated exposures may lead to drying. INHALATION: headaches, dizziness, nausea, irritation of respiratory passages and eyes.
Distil, reflux with successive small portions of KMnO4 until the colour persists, dry with anhydrous CaSO4, filter and redistil. [Beilstein 2 IV 143.]
HIGHLY FLAMMABLE: Will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames. Vapors may form explosive mixtures with air. Vapors may travel to source of ignition and flash back. Most vapors are heavier than air. They will spread along ground and collect in low or confined areas (sewers, basements, tanks). Vapor explosion hazard indoors, outdoors or in sewers. Runoff to sewer may create fire or explosion hazard. Containers may explode when heated. Many liquids are lighter than water.
manufacture of lacquer, artificial leather, photographic films, plastics, safety glass.
Air & Water Reactions
Highly flammable. Very slightly soluble in water.
Butyl acetate is an ester. Esters react with acids to liberate heat along with alcohols and acids. Strong oxidizing acids may cause a vigorous reaction that is sufficiently exothermic to ignite the reaction products. Heat is also generated by the interaction of esters with caustic solutions. Flammable hydrogen is generated by mixing esters with alkali metals and hydrides. Attacks many plastics. [Handling Chemicals Safely 1980. p. 233].
n-Butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an organic compound commonly
used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and other products. It is also used as a
synthetic fruit flavouring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods.
Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals, it
imparts characteristic flavours. Apples, especially of the Red Delicious variety, are flavoured
in part by this chemical. It is a colourless flammable liquid with a sweet smell
ChEBI: The acetate ester of butanol.
A clear colorless liquid with a fruity odor. Flash point 72 - 88°F. Density 7.4 lb / gal (less than water). Hence floats on water. Vapors heavier than air.
colourless liquid with a fruity odour