acetate (CH3COOCH3), also called acetic acid methyl ester
or methyl ethanoate, belongs to the ester group. It is a colorless and
flammable liquid with a characteristic glue and nail polish remover odour. At
room temperature, methyl acetate has a solubility of 25% in water. Its
solubility gets higher when the temperature increases. Its fast-evaporating
property, methyl acetate is useful in a wide range of applications.
are various manufacturing methods for methyl acetate; fischer esterification,
reaction of acid anhydrides with alcohols, reaction of acid anhydrides with
alcohols or trans-esterification. Among those methods, reactive distillation is
most common and famous route.
distillation is a continuous system where the separation and reaction are
operated in the distillation column. Reaction happens in the vessel and
separation takes place in the column. There are several steps, involving
feasibility analysis, conceptual design, equipment selection and design,
operability and control studies.
used as a solvent in the manufacturing of fast drying paints for wood
finishing, automobile, industrial application, marine application, etc. as it
evaporates very fast. It is also used as a solvent in surface cleaner because
it dry fast and hydrophobic in nature.
acetate is used in manufacturing of fast sticking adhesives, which is
manufactured by mixing rubber and resin in methyl acetate.
acetate is used in manufacturing of cosmetics and personal care products
like nail polish, nail polish remover, perfumes etc.