METHYL ETHYL KETONE

MEK = Methyl Ethyl Ketone = 2-Butanone = BUTANONE = Methylacetone

Preferred IUPAC name
Butan-2-one
2-Butanone
Ethyl methyl ketone
Ethylmethylketone
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)
Methylpropanone
Methylacetone

CAS Number: 78-93-3 
EC / List no.: 201-159-0

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a specialty thinner for epoxies, lacquers and adhesives, as well as polyester resins used in fiberglass repairs. 
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a fast evaporating and extremely flammable solvent, so it should be handled with care. 
MEK is slower drying than acetone and can also be used as an effective remover for ink, adhesives and contact cement.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is strong, fast-drying solvent and degreaser. MEK is effective at thinning acrylics, lacquers, polyester and epoxy resins, fiberglass resins, adhesives, and ink or for cleaning up adhesives, fiberglass repair tools, dried latex paint, and lacquer.  

BUTANONE is a solvent with strong sharp odour. 
BUTANONE has great solvency and is recommended as a thinner for system involving nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, vinyl film and many rubbers. 
Also BUTANONE can be used as a high quality gun wash.

MEK is used as a solvent in the manufacture of adhesives, protective coatings, inks and magnetic tapes. 
Methyl Ethyl Ketone is also the preferred extraction solvent for dewaxing lube oil

Methyl ethyl ketone, also known as 2-butanone, is a colorless organic liquid with an acetone-like odor and a low boiling point
Methyl ethyl ketone is partially miscible with water and many conventional organic solvents and forms azeotropes with a number of organic liquids.
MEK is distinguished by its exceptional solvency, which enables it to formulate higher-solids protective coatings

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a colourless, volatile, highly flammable liquid with a fruity odour similar to acetone. Other common names are butanone, 2-butanone and methyl acetone. 


Methyl ethyl ketone is produced industrially in large quantities and is mainly used as a solvent in protective coatings. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is also used as a solvent for paints, plastics, adhesives, printing inks and pesticides. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and as a flavour/fragrance agent. 


Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a fast evaporating polar solvent widely used in zinc rich coatings and as part of reducer blends. 
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is used for thinning most types of lacquers, nitrocellolose, acrylic, butyrate and coatings based on vinyl solution and epoxy resins.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is used for cleaning equipment, diluting paint, and other industrial tasks.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone evaporates slower than acetone. Methyl Ethyl Ketone works as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes, and resins.

MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone), also known under the name Butanone, offers strong solvency and fast evaporative properties. They are not listed as a hazardous air pollutant under U.S. EPA regulations.
MEK is used for solutions of coating, adhesive and ink resins (polyurethane, polyester, acrylic, cellulose, polychloroprene), and for paint stripper formulations. MEK’s fast evaporation properties make it a good solvent. It is a key fluid in formulating polychloroprene adhesives, especially as a replacement for toluene, and is a component of many gravure printing inks.


Major end-users of MEK include protective coating solvents (61 percent), adhesives (13 percent), and magnetic tapes (10 percent).
Vinyls are the primary resins that employ MEK as a solvent. Methyl ethyl ketone is commonly used as a solvent in rubber cements, as well as in natural and synthetic resins for adhesive use.
It is also the preferred extraction solvent for dewaxing lube oil and is used in printing inks.
Overall, the projected use of MEK is expected to gradually decline during the 1990s. 
The growing trend towards water-based, higher-solids, and solventless protective coatings, inks, and adhesives should reduce the demand for MEK. 
The installation of solvent recycling facilities will also reduce requirements for fresh solvent production. 
Although MEK is favored as a solvent due to its low density, low viscosity, and high solvency, its recent addition on the EPA’s hazardous air pollutants list will likely cause potential users to consider other comparative solvents such as ethyl acetate.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone also known as MEK is mostly used as a liquid solvent in paints, other coatings, glues and printing inks. 
It is also used in cleaning fluids and as a starting material to make other chemicals. Methyl Ethyl Ketone is also a natural product found in some fruits, vegetables and other foods. 
It is present in smoke from burning tobacco, wood or engine fuels. Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) also is used as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes and resins. 
It is a highly efficient and versatile solvent for surface coatings.


Applications & Uses

Paints
Cement
Artificial Leather
Cleaner for Electronic Equipment
Degreasing of Metal Surfaces
Varnishes
Sealants
Transparent Paper
Cosmetics
Synthetic flavoring agent in foods and pharmaceuticals
Paint Thinners and Removers
Magnetic Tapes
Printing Inks
Pharmaceuticals
Sterilizer for Bacterial Spores on Surgical Instruments, Hypodermic Needles and Syringes, and Dental Instruments


MEK is a liquid solvent used in surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates, magnetic tapes and lube oil dewaxing agents. 
MEK also is used as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes and resins. Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a highly efficient and versatile solvent for surface coatings.  
Because of its effectiveness as a solvent, Methyl Ethyl Ketone is especially valuable in formulating high solids coatings, which help to reduce emissions from coating operations.  
Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a natural component of many foods, including apple juice, beans, chicken, honey and a variety of cheeses. 
Synonyms for MEK are 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, and methyl acetone.

Methyl ethyl ketone is used as a solvent. 

MEK – Methyl Ethyl Ketone thinner is supplied for use as a paint thinner, equipment washing solvent, degreaser and cleaner

Butanone, also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK),[a] is an organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)CH2CH3. This colourless liquid ketone has a sharp, sweet odor reminiscent of acetone. It is produced industrially on a large scale, but occurs in nature only in trace amounts.[7] It is partially soluble in water, and is commonly used as an industrial solvent.[8] It is an isomer of another solvent, tetrahydrofuran.

Chemical formula: C4H8O
Molar mass: 72.107 g·mol−1
Appearanc: Mint or acetone-like
Density    0.8050 g/mL
Melting point: −86 °C (−123 °F; 187 K)
Boiling point: 79.64 °C (175.35 °F; 352.79 K)
Solubility in water: 27.5 g/100 mL
log P: 0.37
Vapor pressure: 78 mmHg (20 °C)
Acidity (pKa): 14.7
Magnetic susceptibility (χ): −45.58·10−6 cm3/mol
Refractive index (nD): 1.37880
Viscosity: 0.43 cP

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is an alternative to Acetone with a slower evaporation rate. MEK an be used for the same applications as Acetone.


Benefits
Solvency power: For solutions of coating, adhesive and ink resins (polyurethane, polyester, acrylic, cellulose, polychloroprene), and for paint stripper formulations
Fast evaporation: For thinners and industrial paint formulations, adhesives and extraction processes
Low viscosity: Enabling high-solids formulations in coatings and adhesives

MEK is a liquid solvent used in surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates and lube oil dewaxing agents. 
MEK also is used as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes and resins. MEK is a highly efficient and versatile solvent for surface coatings.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is designed exclusively for the thinning of industrial maintenance coatings. 

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a strong fast acting solvent, cleaner and remover for inks, resins, adhesives, and contact cement. Thins epoxies, fiberglass and other resins. 

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is similar to acetone, but evaporates more slowly. 


Usage Stage: Application & Cl

Methyl ethyl ketone appears as colorless fairly volatile liquid with a pleasant pungent odor. Flash point 20°F. Vapors heavier than air. Does not react with water or many common materials. Stable in normal transportation. Irritates the nose, eyes, and throat. Combustion may produce toxic materials. Density 6.7 lb / gal. Used as a solvent, for making other chemicals, and for production of wax from petroleum. 2-Butanone is a manufactured chemical but it is also present in the environment from natural sources. It is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. It is also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). 2-Butanone is produced in large quantities. Nearly half of its use is in paints and other coatings because it will quickly evaporate into the air and it dissolves many substances. It is also used in glues and as a cleaning agent. 2-Butanone occurs as a natural product. It is made by some trees and found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts. It is also released to the air from car and truck exhausts.


Methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) is a colourless and a harsh smelling carbon-based compound. It is commonly identified as butanone. It is characterized by outstanding chemical properties including high viscosity, low boiling point, high solvency and high evaporation rate owing to which it is used as a solvent across several applications. This liquid has a sweet smell indicated the presence of acetone and butterscotch, hence is produced on a large scale in the industries. Photo-oxidation of air pollutants such as hydrocarbons and butane results in the form of MEK. It is widely used in industrial applications as it is easily soluble in water. The primary usage of MEK is as a solvent in processes involving gums cellulose acetate, resins and cellulose nitrate. Other end use applications where MEK is used include domestic products such as lacquer and varnishes, synthetic rubber, paraffin wax and glues as well as paint remover.

MEK is a liquid solvent used in chemical intermediates, adhesives, printing inks, magnetic tapes and lube oil dewaxing processes. Solvent is suitable for surface coatings that help in reducing emissions from its highly efficiency and versatility. It is used in chemical manufacturing, particularly for drugs and cosmetics. Other uses of MEK include surgical instruments sterilization and vegetable oil extraction. MEK market is expected to be driven in the foreseeable future by its widespread use in industrial sectors including feedstock and intermediate chemical applications such as additives in furniture polishes, rubber based cement, pharmaceuticals and PVC piping applications.

MEK is acts as a natural component in foods, a wide assortment of cheeses, beans, honey, chicken and apple juice. 
MEK is also found in drinking water and surface water at numerous sites. One can also come I contact with MEK through contact with household products which contains chemicals or even at the workplace. The quantity, frequency and length of exposure can affect the health of a person. Effects can vary from irritation and headaches to severe damage to skin and nervous system. However, with strict government regulations and rising environmental concerns, the market is expected to experience a downturn as MEK has been marked for its harmful nature in Toxic Substances Control Act by EPA among others. Secondary challenges that can hamper market growth include presence of substitute compounds and raw material price sensitivity.

2-Butanone is a manufactured chemical but it is also present in the environment from natural sources. 
2-Butanone is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. 
2-Butanone is also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). 2-Butanone is produced in large quantities. 
Nearly half of its use is in paints and other coatings because it will quickly evaporate into the air and it dissolves many substances. 
2-Butanone is also used in glues and as a cleaning agent. 2-Butanone occurs as a natural product. 
2-Butanone is made by some trees and found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts. 
2-Butanone is also released to the air from car and truck exhausts.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (M.E.K.) is a solvent with strong sharp odour. It has great solvency and is recommended as a thinner for system involving nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, vinyl film and many rubbers. Also it can be used as a high quality gun wash.


Methyl ethyl ketone, also known as MEK, is a versatile industrial chemical used in numerous sectors. 
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (M.E.K.) is a high-quality solvent with key properties that make it well-suited for paints, coatings and other applications

Methyl ethyl ketone chemicals are strong solvents similar to acetones, but with a slower evaporation rate. 
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (M.E.K.) reduces the problems that can occur with inadequate ventilation and vapor concentration. 
These properties, in addition to a low viscosity, make it ideal for use in industrial settings.


Uses for MEK include: acrylics, adhesive, aluminum manufacturing, batteries, boat building, carbon, catalyst, cement, cleaning fluids, compounders, cosmetics, elastomers, electroplating, enamels, engraving, extracts, extrusions, fiberglass, gelatin, glue, graphite, laboratories, lithography, lubricant, municipalities, nitrocellulose, nonmetallic mines, oil fields, organic synthesis, paint removers, paints, paper, paperboard, pharmaceuticals, photographic, plastics, porcelain, printing, resins, smokeless powder, transportation, utilities, varnishes and vinyl films.

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF MEK

Property Value
Structural formula: CH3COCH2CH3
Synonyms: 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, MEK, methyl acetone
CAS registry number: 78-93-3
Molecular weight (grams) 72.1
Melting point, °C -86.3
Boiling point, °C 79.6
Density at 20°C, g/L 804.5
Vapor density (air at 101 kPa, 0°C = 1) 2.41
Critical temperature, °C 260
Critical pressure, MPa 4.4
Surface tension at 20°C, dyne/cm 24.6
Dielectic constant at 20°C: 15.45
Heat of combustion at 25°C, kJ/mol: 2,435
Heat of fusion, kJ/(kg*K): 103.3
Heat of formulation at constant pressure, kJ/mol: 279.5


Specific heat:
vapor at 137°C, J/(kg*K): 1,732
liquid at 20°C, J/(kg*K):2,084


Latent heat of vaporization at 101.3 kPa, kJ/mol: 32.8
Flashpoint (closed cup), °C: -6.6
Ignition temperature, °C: 515.5

Explosive limits, volume % MEK in air
lower 2
upper 12


Threshold limit, ppm 200
Vapor pressure at 20°C, mm Hg 77.5
Viscosity, MPa*s (=cP)
at 0°C
at 20°C
at 40°C
0.54
0.41
0.34
Solubility at 90°C, g/L of water 190


Production
Butanone may be produced by oxidation of 2-butanol. 
The dehydrogenation of 2-butanol using a catalyst is catalyzed by copper, zinc, or bronze:

CH3CH(OH)CH2CH3 → CH3C(O)CH2CH3 + H2
This is used to produce approximately 700 million kilograms yearly.
Other syntheses that have been examined but not implemented include Wacker oxidation of 2-butene and oxidation of isobutylbenzene, which is analogous to the industrial production of acetone.
The cumene process can be modified to produce phenol and a mixture of acetone and butanone instead of only phenol and acetone in the original.

Both liquid-phase oxidation of heavy naphtha and the Fischer-Tropsch reaction produce mixed oxygenate streams, from which 2-butanone is extracted by fractionation.

Applications
As a solvent
Butanone is an effective and common solvent and is used in processes involving gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings and in vinyl films.
For this reason it finds use in the manufacture of plastics, textiles, in the production of paraffin wax, and in household products such as lacquer, varnishes, paint remover, a denaturing agent for denatured alcohol, glues, and as a cleaning agent. 
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) has similar solvent properties to acetone but boils at a higher temperature and has a significantly slower evaporation rate.
Unlike acetone, it forms an azeotrope with water, making it useful for azeotropic distillation of moisture in certain applications. 
Butanone is also used in dry erase markers as the solvent of the erasable dye.

As a plastic welding agent
As butanone dissolves polystyrene and many other plastics, it is sold as "model cement" for use in connecting parts of scale model kits. 
Though often considered an adhesive, it is actually functioning as a welding agent in this context.

Other uses
Butanone is the precursor to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, which is a catalyst for some polymerization reactions such as crosslinking of unsaturated polyester resins. 
Dimethylglyoxime can be prepared from butanone first by reaction with ethyl nitrite to give diacetyl monoxime followed by conversion to the dioxime:

In the Peroxide process on producing hydrazine, the starting chemical ammonia is bonded to butanone, oxidized by hydrogen peroxide, bonded to another ammonia molecule.


In the final step of the process, a hydrolysis produces the desired product hydrazine and regenerates the butanone.

Me(Et)C=NN=C(Et)Me + 2 H2O → 2 Me(Et)C=O + N2H4
Safety
Flammability
Butanone can react with most oxidizing materials, and can produce fires.
It is moderately explosive, requiring only a small flame or spark to cause a vigorous reaction.
Butanone fires should be extinguished with carbon dioxide, dry agents, or alcohol-resistant foam.
Concentrations in the air high enough to be flammable are intolerable to humans due to the irritating nature of the vapor.

Health effects
Butanone is a constituent of tobacco smoke.
It is an irritant, causing irritation to the eyes and nose of humans.
Serious health effects in animals have been seen only at very high levels. These included skeletal birth defects and low birth weight in mice, when they inhaled it at the highest dose tested (3000 ppm for 7 hours/day).[17] There are no long-term studies with animals breathing or drinking it,[18] and no studies for carcinogenicity in animals breathing or drinking it.[19]:96 There is some evidence that butanone can potentiate the toxicity of other solvents, in contrast to the calculation of mixed solvent exposures by simple addition of exposures.[20]

As of 2010, some reviewers advised caution in using butanone because of reports of neuropsychological effects.

Butanone is listed as a Table II precursor under the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

Regulation
Emission of butanone was regulated in the US as a hazardous air pollutant, because it is a volatile organic compound contributing to the formation of tropospheric (ground-level) ozone. 
In 2005, the US Environmental Protection Agency removed butanone from the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).

Methyl ethyl ketone appears as colorless fairly volatile liquid with a pleasant pungent odor. Flash point 20°F. Vapors heavier than air. 
Methyl ethyl ketone does not react with water or many common materials. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is stable in normal transportation. Irritates the nose, eyes, and throat. 
Combustion may produce toxic materials. Density 6.7 lb / gal. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is used as a solvent, for making other chemicals, and for production of wax from petroleum.


Synonyms: 2-Butanone, METHYL ETHYL KETONE, Butan-2-one, Butanone, Ethyl methyl ketone, 78-93-3, Methylethyl ketone, Meetco, Methyl acetone, Methylethylketone, 3-Butanone, Ethylmethylketon, ethylmethylketone, Aethylmethylketon, Butanone 2, Acetone, methyl-, Ethyl methyl cetone, MEK, Ketone, ethyl methyl, Metiletilchetone
INCI: Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
Chemical Formula: C4H8O
CAS Number: 78-93-3

BUTANONE
2-BUTANONE
3-BUTANONE
ETHYL METHYL KETONE
ETHYL METHYL KETONE {METHYL ETHYL KETONE}
KETONE, ETHYL METHYL
MEETCO
MEK
METHYL ACETONE
METHYL ETHYL KETONE
METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK)

Use: MEK is used for solutions of coating, adhesive and ink resins (polyurethane, polyester, acrylic, cellulose, polychloroprene), and for paint stripper formulations. 
MEK's fast evaporation properties make it a good solvent. 
It is a key fluid in formulating polychloroprene adhesives, especially as a replacement for toluene, and is a component of many gravure printing inks.

The primary use of methyl ethyl ketone is as a solvent in processes involving gums, resins, cellulose acetate, and cellulose nitrate. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is also used in the synthetic rubber industry, in the production of paraffin wax, and in household products such as lacquer and varnishes, paint remover, and glues

MEK is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indirect food additive for adhesives and polymers.  
The panel, with the U.S. EPA as the sponsoring organization, prepared the technical support documents for MEK under the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) Voluntary High Production Volume (HPV) chemical review.

METHYL ETHYL KETONE; Ethyl methyl ketone; 2-Butanone; MEK; Methyl acetone

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
Physical characteristic: Colorless Liquid
Chemical formula:  C4H8O
Molecular weight: 72,11 g/mol
Type of packaging: Barrel / IBC / Tank

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK; Other synonyms: 2-butanone; methyl acetone; ethyl methyl ketone; butanone) is a volatile, water-soluble, colorless liquid with a characteristic odor resembling that of acetone. 
Its odor threshold has been reported to be in the range of approximately 0.25 to 0.025 ppm (Krasavage et al. 1982, OHMTADS 1985). 
It is soluble in about four parts water (27.5%) but is less soluble at higher temperatures; it is miscible with acetone, alcohol, ether, and benzene. 
A constant boiling mixture with water, bp 73.4°C, contains 88.7% MEK. 
The melting and boiling points of MEK are -86.35 °C and 79.6°C, respectively; its vapor pressure at 20°C is 70.6 mm Hg. 
The specific gravity of MEK at 20°C/4°C is 0.805 and its vapor density is 2.41 (Air = 1). 
MEK is flammable and its flash point is 16°F or -9°C (Merck Index 1983, Toxicology Data Bank 1985).


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 and has the molecular formula C4H8O, CAS: 78-93-3. It has a flash point of -9°C and a specific gravity of 0.81.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone 

Methyl Ethyl Ketone  Chemical Structure Composition.

Production
The main commercial production route for methyl ethyl ketone is through the dehydrogenation of secondary butanol although newer technology involves the direct oxidation of n-butene in solution, using palladium and cupric chlorides as catalysts.

The Chinese market is the main driver for the demand of MEK.

Uses
The majority demand is from the paints and coatings industry as a low viscosity solution can be obtained without it affecting the film properties of the product.  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.

ATAMAN CHEMICALS is one of the largest chemical distributor in Europe.

ATAMAN CHEMICALS is handling the storage, transport, export & import formalities of Methyl Ethyl Ketone globally.

MEK is an active & organic solvent. 
It is in a clear, inflammable and liquid form. 
It is in the ketone groups. 
It has a high evaporation rate. 
It is one of the most widely used ketones in the industry.

 

Areas of usage:

It is used in organic synthesis reactions.

It is used in the sectors of paint, coating and detergent.

Butanone, also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK),[a] is an organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)CH2CH3. 
This colourless liquid ketone has a sharp, sweet odor reminiscent of acetone. 
It is produced industrially on a large scale, but occurs in nature only in trace amounts.
It is partially soluble in water, and is commonly used as an industrial solvent.
It is an isomer of another solvent, tetrahydrofuran.

Methyl ethyl ketone appears as colorless fairly volatile liquid with a pleasant pungent odor. 
Flash point 20°F. Vapors heavier than air. Does not react with water or many common materials. 
Stable in normal transportation. Irritates the nose, eyes, and throat. Combustion may produce toxic materials. 
Density 6.7 lb / gal. Used as a solvent, for making other chemicals, and for production of wax from petroleum.

2-Butanone is a manufactured chemical but it is also present in the environment from natural sources. 
It is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. It is also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). 
2-Butanone is produced in large quantities. 
Nearly half of its use is in paints and other coatings because it will quickly evaporate into the air and it dissolves many substances. 
It is also used in glues and as a cleaning agent. 2-Butanone occurs as a natural product. 
It is made by some trees and found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts.
It is also released to the air from car and truck exhausts.


Applications
As a solvent
Butanone is an effective and common solvent and is used in processes involving gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings and in vinyl films.
For this reason it finds use in the manufacture of plastics, textiles, in the production of paraffin wax, and in household products such as lacquer, varnishes, paint remover, a denaturing agent for denatured alcohol, glues, and as a cleaning agent. 
It has similar solvent properties to acetone but boils at a higher temperature and has a significantly slower evaporation rate.
Unlike acetone, it forms an azeotrope with water,making it useful for azeotropic distillation of moisture in certain applications. 
Butanone is also used in dry erase markers as the solvent of the erasable dye.

As a plastic welding agent
As butanone dissolves polystyrene and many other plastics, it is sold as "model cement" for use in connecting parts of scale model kits. 
Though often considered an adhesive, it is actually functioning as a welding agent in this context.

Other uses
Butanone is the precursor to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, which is a catalyst for some polymerization reactions such as crosslinking of unsaturated polyester resins. 
Dimethylglyoxime can be prepared from butanone first by reaction with ethyl nitrite to give diacetyl monoxime followed by conversion to the dioxime

Butan-2-one; 2-Butanone; Ethyl methyl ketone; Ethylmethylketone; Methyl ethyl ketone; MEK; Methylpropanone; Methylacetone. CAS Number: 78-93-3 

Flammability
Butanone can react with most oxidizing materials, and can produce fires.
It is moderately explosive, requiring only a small flame or spark to cause a vigorous reaction.
Butanone fires should be extinguished with carbon dioxide, dry agents, or alcohol-resistant foam.
Concentrations in the air high enough to be flammable are intolerable to humans due to the irritating nature of the vapor.

Health effects
Butanone is a constituent of tobacco smoke.[16] It is an irritant, causing irritation to the eyes and nose of humans.
Serious health effects in animals have been seen only at very high levels. 
These included skeletal birth defects and low birth weight in mice, when they inhaled it at the highest dose tested (3000 ppm for 7 hours/day).
There are no long-term studies with animals breathing or drinking it, and no studies for carcinogenicity in animals breathing or drinking it: There is some evidence that butanone can potentiate the toxicity of other solvents, in contrast to the calculation of mixed solvent exposures by simple addition of exposures.

As of 2010, some reviewers advised caution in using butanone because of reports of neuropsychological effects.


Methyl Ethyl Ketone    78-93-3
EC / List no.: 201-159-0
CAS no.: 78-93-3
Mol. formula: C4H8O

2-Butanone
3-Butanone
Acetone, methyl-
Aethylmethylketon
Butanone
Butanone
butanone
Butanone 2

butanone; ethyl methyl ketone
Ethyl methyl cetone
Ethyl methyl ketone
ethyl methyl ketone
ETHYL METHYL KETONE (METHYL ETHYL KETONE)
Ethylmethylketon
Ketone, ethyl methyl
Meetco
MEK
Methyl acetone
Methyl ethyl ketone
Metiletilcetona
Metiletilchetone
Metyl ethyl ketone
Metyloetyloketon

MEK is a liquid solvent used in surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates, magnetic tapes and lube oil dewaxing agents. 
MEK also is used as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes and resins. It is a highly efficient and versatile solvent for surface coatings.Because of its effectiveness as a solvent, MEK is especially valuable in formulating high solids coatings, which help to reduce emissions from coating operations.  MEK is a natural component of many foods, including apple juice, beans, chicken, honey and a variety of cheeses. Synonyms for MEK are 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, and methyl acetone.

MEK is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indirect food additive for adhesives and polymers. 

METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK)
Solvable Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
Solvents & Thinners
‘How to’ Thin & Clean with MEK
Solvable Solvents & Thinners Brochure
METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK) quickly dissolves, thins & Degreases
METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK) dissolves resins, contact cement & adhesives
METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK) thins acrylics, lacquers & epoxies
METHYL ETHYL KETONE (MEK) degreases fibreglass repair tools
Solvable Professional Grade MEK is an excellent solvent for dissolving resins and adhesives and for thinning fiberglass resins. 
It evaporates and dissolves quickly and is often used for thinning specialty coatings. 
MEK can be used for removing old finishes from wood surfaces, and for cleaning and preparing PVC plastic surfaces before applying glue. 

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etylmetylketon (sv)
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etüülmetüülketoon (et)
keton etylowo-metylowy (pl)
metiletilcetona (pt)
metiletilchetone (it)
metyletylketon (no)
metyletylketon (sv)
metyylietyyliketoni (fi)
méthyléthylcétone (fr)
βουτανόνη (el)
μεθυλαιθυλοκετόνη (el)
бутанон (bg)
етил метил кетон (bg)

CAS names
2-Butanone

IUPAC names
2-butanon
2-BUTANONA
2-BUTANONE
2-Butanone
2-butanone
2-Butanone
2-butanone
2-Butanone (Methyl ethyl ketone)
BUTAN-2-ONE
Butan-2-one
butan-2-one
Butan-2-one
butan-2-one
butane ethyl methyl ketone
butane-2-one
BUTANONE
Butanone
butanone
Butanone
butanone
Butanone (MEK)
Butanone / Ethyl Methyl Ketone
butanone ethyl methyl cétone
butanone ethyl methyl ketone
butanone-
butanone/ethyl methyl ketone
Butanone; Ethyl methyl ketone
butanone; ethyl methyl ketone
ethyl methyl
Ethyl methyl keton
ethyl methyl ketona
Ethyl Methyl Ketone
Ethyl methyl ketone
ethyl methyl ketone
Ethyl methyl ketone, MEK, Methyl ethyl ketone
Ethylmethylketon
LINEAR POLYURETHANE
MEK (METHYL ETHYL KETONE), BUTANONE
METHYL ETHYL KETONE
Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Methyl ethyl ketone
methyl ethyl ketone
Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Methyl ethyl ketone
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)
Methyl ethyl ketone (TK0012B)
Methyl ethyl ketone, Butanone
Methyl Ethyl KetoneMEKButanone
methyl ketone
Methylethyl ketone
Methylethylketon
methylethylketone
methylethylketone
MethylethylketoneMEK
Reaction mass of ethanol and ethylbenzene and toluene and xylene and Solvent naphtha (petroleum), heavy arom.
UPV16

Trade names
2-Butanone
2-Butanone (8CI, 9CI)
3-Butanone
Butan-2-one
Butanone
butanone
Ethyl methyl ketone
Exxon MEK
HIROXY KEP-1138M85
MEK
Methyl ethyl ketone
POLYFLON PTFE SM-3900

MEK and acetone are both used as industrial solvents for stripping and cleaning uncured and cured resins and coatings, and for cleaning pumps and other equipment. 
Since MEK is a slightly harsher chemical, some choose to replace MEK with acetone as a “safer” alternative.

While MEK is often seen as a safer replacement, it is important to consider alternative solvents that are environmentally friendly while delivering industrial-strength results for cleaning applications. 
Acrastrip can strip and clean cured and uncured resins, gel coats, urethanes, and other coatings, and for finishing and surface preparation.


Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a colorless liquid that has a sweet odor and is soluble in water. 
It is a highly volatile chemical and is frequently used as a commercial cleaner and solvent for glues, paints, coatings, and printing inks.

Workers are exposed to MEK when the vapors are present in the air or by absorbing the product through their skin. 
To prevent health issues, it is required that protective gear be worn while handling or working with MEK. 
Since MEK is flammable, extreme caution must also be taken when shipping or storing the product.

MEK Safety Risks
Flammability Rating of 3 (severe)
Contact rating of 2 (moderate)
Health rating of 2 (moderate)
Reactivity rating of 1 (slight)
Requires use of protective equipment
MEK Health Risks
Nose and throat irritant
Eye irritation caused by vapors
Central nervous system depression under high concentrations or after chronic exposure
Skin irritant that causes redness and itching


Methyl ethyl ketone also called butanone. An abbreviation is MEK. It is colorless transparent liquid, with volatile aroma and flavor. 
MEK is flammable. The boiling point is 79.6413, the melting point is 86.69 ° C. Methyl ethyl ketone is a kind of low boiling point solvents with good performance, widely used in oil refining, dyestuff, coating, adhesive, medicine, lubricating oil dewaxing, and electronic components cleaning industries. Methyl ethyl ketone uses also includes the plant extraction and azeotropic distillation.

Methyl ethyl ketone is an important refine raw chemical material. Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) uses in preparing catalysts, antioxidants, polyurethane, vinyl resin, acrylic resin, alkyd resin, phenolic resin, and magnetic tape. MEK has very wide application.

As low boiling point solvents, methyl ethyl ketone is famous for excellent solubility and drying properties. 
It can form an azeotrope with many solvents. MEK has a strong solvent ability for variety cellulose derivatives, synthetic rubber, oil, and senior fatty acid. 
Due to the excellent performance of methyl ethyl ketone, it has attracted more and more attention. 
Many factories have developed and introduced the MEK production technology, and activities to explore the new application fields.

It is reported that the largest methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) uses in the United States is to make cars, furniture, coating tissues of the construction industry, fabric finishes, diluents, and solvents. 
The largest use in Japan is the area of paint and ink.

The solvent is the most important and primary use of MEK in many fields.

It is also widely used in coatings, a brighter mixture, oil dewaxing, tape, ink, extraction, and many other fields. 
That shows its excellent solubility, stable performance, and good drying speed.

As a coating solvent, methyl ethyl ketone accounts for 50%~60% of the total solvent consumption. 
It is suitable for vinyl coating, acrylic paint, cellulose nitrate and so on.

Compared to the conventional solvents (toluene, xylene butanol, etc.), methyl ethyl ketone has better dissolution performance and volatile rate. 
That can improve the coating flow property and mechanical strength, also less pollution to the environment. 
Therefore MEK is an ideal solvent in the coatings industry.

According to the report, the amount of solvent used in high-grade coatings abroad is 30%. And the solvent formula is about 15%~ 70%.

American Bell telephone laboratories, for example, developed bright paint for the surface of plastic objects in 1980. 
The ABS polymer (butadiene, styrene and acrylonitrile trimer) is varnish for solid components. 
Methyl ethyl ketone and EGMEA are by both as the solvent (EGMEA: vinyl acetate-ethylene glycol monoethyl ether).

The proportion of two kinds of solvents for 25/25 ~ 50/50. 
Scatter solid components in the fixed ratio of binary compound solvent, can obtain a high smoothness of coating paint. 
This coating cannot be coated, not settled or caked, easy to spray, and can be well glued to the surface of ABS.

The ideal ratio of MEK and EGMEA dual mixture solvents is 30/70~ 40/60.

Generally, the coating use temperature is 60 ~ 71 °C. Low temperature will prolong the heating time, while the high temperature can cause coating layer polymer decomposition or property reduction. 
Under the best temperature, the residual solvent evaporated thoroughly is about 20~30 minutes. 
This kind of light paint on the surface of the plastic is easy to spray, strong covering power.

After the ABS sample is sprayed circularly, it can still maintain its impact resistance and promote its plasticity.

In conclusion, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) uses has a wide range of an important refine chemicals.

First of all, the solvent field is the primary application of MEK.

As coating additives manufacturer, we are making full use of methyl ethyl ketone, to synthesis all kinds of coating additives with good performance. And we’re developing a further application of MEK in addition to the solvent in other fields.


METHYL ETHYL KETONE is used as a solvent in various applications and primarily in paints& coatings and printing inks owing to its properties such as low boiling points and low viscosity. 
Other applications of METHYL ETHYL KETONE include rubber-based industrial cement, textiles, plastics, cleaning agents and PVC piping. 
In the pharmaceutical industry, METHYL ETHYL KETONE is used in resins and thinners that are applied as lacquers/solvents. 
In addition, MEK peroxides are used as a catalytic agent in the polymerization process of polyester resins. 
Global demand for MEK is driven by the rising demand for paints and coatings from furniture, automobile and infrastructural industries.

The higher solvency and lower density of ketones compared to the corresponding ester substitutes contribute to reduced VOC content just by changing to ketone solvents such as MEK. 
Owing to the dual functionality, METHYL ETHYL KETONE has slow evaporation rate, complete solubility in water and high solvent strength which gives it a unique advantage as a solvent in water-based coatings.

For achieving stable production rates and minimizing operational challenges in the production system of METHYL ETHYL KETONE, the primary areas requiring attention are Instrumentation and metallurgy in process control parameters, scheduled maintenance and Inspection and acid handling areas.

MEK’s Relation To Acetone
MEK, also known as Butanone and Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a solvent that is related to acetone, because acetone is simply liquid ketone.

Since MEK and Acetone share the ketone trait, many assume that they can be used as interchangeable solvents.

Acetone and MEK have very similar traits and can be used for many of the same purposes, but they also have specific applications that each is best suited for.

MEK and Acetone Compared
MEK or Methyl Ethyl Ketone is stronger than Acetone, because it has a slower evaporation rate and boils at a higher temperature.

These differences are why MEK can be a stronger cleaning agent than acetone.

Unlike Acetone, MEK forms an azeotrope with water, which means that methyl ethyl ketone and water mix together to form a constant boiling point that cannot be affected by distillation.

This quality is convenient for distillation of moisture in certain applications.

MEK is both less soluble and less volatile than acetone.

MEK is also useful in products like dry-erase markers, because it is slow-evaporating. 
Acetone should not be utilized for this purpose, because it is fast-drying.

This quality does not make Acetone the ideal choice for ink products.

Acetone is typically a better solvent than MEK, because it dissolves a wider range of compounds.

Acetone is often utilized as a paint thinner.

Acetone is better for this application, because its evaporation rate is much faster than that of MEK.

Acetone is inexpensive compared to Methyl Ethyl Ketone, which is why it is more often used for consumer products such as nail polish and nail polish remover.

Acetone is not considered to be a volatile substance, though its low boiling point does make it more flammable than other substances.

Shared Applications
MEK and Acetone are both utilized as solvents in coatings, lacquer, varnish, and paint.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is very useful in paint, rust, varnish, lacquer, and grease removers.

Benefits of MEK
Highly effective solvent.
High boiling point.
Slow evaporation rate.
Soluble with water.
Benefits of Acetone
Low toxicity.
Water soluble.
Low boiling point.
Inexpensive.
Fast evaporating.
Safe Use
Both MEK and Acetone can cause drowsiness and dizziness.
Only use MEK and Acetone in well-ventilated areas.
Do not let MEK or Acetone come into contact with the skin.
Follow safety data sheets for MEK and Acetone for more information on proper safety and handling.


Methyl ethyl ketone is used as a solvent. 
Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to methyl ethyl ketone in humans results in irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. 
Limited information is available on the chronic (long-term) effects of methyl ethyl ketone in humans. 
Chronic inhalation studies in animals have reported slight neurological, liver, kidney, and respiratory effects. 
No information is available on the developmental, reproductive, or carcinogenic effects of methyl ethyl ketone in humans. 
Developmental effects, including decreased fetal weight and fetal malformations, have been reported in mice and rats exposed to methyl ethyl ketone via inhalation and ingestion. 
EPA has classified methyl ethyl ketone as a Group D, not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity.

Methyl ethyl ketone appears as colorless fairly volatile liquid with a pleasant pungent odor. Flash point 20°F. Vapors heavier than air. 
Does not react with water or many common materials. Stable in normal transportation. Irritates the nose, eyes, and throat. Combustion may produce toxic materials. 
Density 6.7 lb / gal. Used as a solvent, for making other chemicals, and for production of wax from petroleum.

MEK, also known as Butanone, is an organic solvent used throughout the paint and print industry. 
It is used in processing involving gums and resins, production of paraffin wax, varnishes, as well as a plastic welding agent. 
MEK is highly flammable and considered to be mildly explosive. 
EPA lists MEK as a hazardous chemical. 
Studies have shown that MEK exposure has neurological and neuropathic effects on human. 
When used, stored or disposed of incorrectly, organic solvents can cause environmental problems such as air pollution, water and soil contamination, as well as being harmful to wildlife. 
The detrimental effects of MEK on occupational workers has economic as well as welfare issues. To overcome these challenges, many companies have developed custom alcohol based alternatives for MEK.


Application:
Methyl ethyl ketone is a common and effective solvent with multiple industrial applications. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is used in the production of plastics, textiles, paraffin wax, lacquer, varnishes, and paint remover. 
Methyl ethyl ketone is also utilized in polymerization applications and as a welding agent and cleaning agent.

Compatibility:
Methyl ethyl ketone is not compatible with strong acids and oxidizing agents such as nitric acid, peroxides and chromates. 
Please see SDS for full safety and compatibility information.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) also known as butanone is a clear, colourless organic liquid compound. MEK is highly volatile with a flashpoint of - 4ºC and a boiling point 78ºC. 
ATAMAN CHEMICALS is a methyl ethyl ketone supplier. 
The solvent has quite a strong distinct smell, a little bit like acetone. MEK is soluble in polar and non-polar organic materials, being soluble in alcohol and hydrocarbons. 
MEK has fast evaporating properties.

MEK Uses
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is ideal for automotive parts, marine and paint sundry departments. 
MEK is a liquid solvent used in surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates, magnetic tapes, and lube oil dewaxing agents. 
It is often used by professional paint shops and painters to thin acrylics and lacquers and other projects where epoxies are used.
MEK can also be used as an adhesive remover and just like acetone, can soften the plastics in order to remove easily. 
Letting the MEK settle onto the thick glue area, it will slowly break down the glue as the strong properties in MEK are designed to do so. 
MEK is often known as a “safer” alternative to acetone, hence why it is more expensive. 
Use caution when handling and storing MEK because it is a flammable solvent.  


Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), or 2-butanone, refers to a highly volatile organic liquid that is used as a commercial cleaner and solvent for glues, paints, coatings, synthetic rubber, paraffin wax and printing inks. 
It is produced by the dehydrogenation of secondary butyl alcohol and can also be manufactured as a by-product of butane oxidation. 
MEK is primarily utilized for the extraction of fats, oils, waxes and resins and acts as a low-boiling solvent for nitrocellulose, acrylic and vinyl surface coatings. 
Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) also aids in removing oil paint finish and contact cement from surfaces and manufacturing solvent-based inks for high-resolution commercial printing in newspapers, books and labels.

Rapid industrialization across the globe is one of the key factors driving the growth of the market. 
In line with this, widespread adoption of MEK as an industrial solvent for the production of quick-drying, water- and powder-based paints and printing inks that are used with substrates such as metals, glass and plastics, is significantly contributing to the market growth.

Furthermore, the increasing product utilization in the pharmaceutical industry is also providing a boost to the market growth. 
MEK enhances the penetration rate of medicinal drugs and breaks down the structure of quaternary proteins in the body. 
As a result, there has been a rise in its utilization in the production of antiseptics, aesthetics, lotions and other personal care products. 
Other factors, including the extensive usage of MEK-based inks in the construction and automotive industry, along with the increasing government investments for infrastructural developments, are projected to drive the market further. 


Breakup by Application:

Paints and Coatings
Adhesives and Thinners
Printing Inks
Pharmaceuticals
Others

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is also used in pharmaceutical and personal care industries wherein the manufacturing of antiseptics, anesthetics, lotions, and drugs.


Application Insights
Paints & coatings emerged as the leading application segment and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.4% from 2016 to 2024. 
Increasing spending on construction activities with rapid growth of the automobile industry in emerging markets of Asia Pacific and Middle East has resulted in high demand for paints & coatings. 
Paints & coatings include specialty, waterborne, powder, and solvent-borne coatings. 
High demand for powder coatings in automobiles and electronics industries has significantly enhanced the product consumption in this application segment. 
Adhesives and printing ink segments are also expected to witness significant growth from 2016 to 2024.

Increasing printing inks demand from the packaging and publishing industry is expected to boost the MEK market in this segment. 
The product is widely used and is a preferred solvent in the printing industry owing to its characteristics, such as quick drying and better adhesion with substrates like metals, plastics, and glass. 
Developments in end-user industries including pharmaceuticals, food processing, and cosmetics are expected to drive volumes in printing inks application over the next six years. 
MEK solvent-based inks used in these industries enable high-resolution printing. Other major applications for printing inks include newspapers, labels, commercial printings, and books.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is an active ketone solvent for cleaning and dissolving epoxy and polyester resins


Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a colorless, liquid chemical substance that is used in many industrial production processes. It is a natural solvent, making it a key component in many different chemical mixes and surface treatments.

MEK - Chemical Properties: Solubility, Molar Mass and Molecular Density

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (C4H8O) is an organic compound that is a strong, corrosive, naturally oxidizing agent.

It is also referred to as Butanone or 2-Butanone, and while it is a particularly effective solvent itself, MEK is soluble in alcohol and water. It is a liquid ketone with no color, and a sharp odor similar to acetone. In fact, MEK and acetone share similar chemical compounds. MEK is favored for its strength over acetone, as it boils at a higher temperature and has a slower evaporation rate. It has a boiling point of 175.4°F (79.64°C), a molar mass of 72.11 g/mol, and a molecular density of 0.8049 g/mL. While MEK is a predominantly manufactured chemical used for industrial purposes, it can also be found in trace amounts in nature.


What is Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) used for?

MEK is a commonly used industrial solvent. It is very useful in industrial processes as it can be applied to various manufacturing procedures and products. Because methyl ethyl ketone is such a highly effective solvent, it is a common ingredient in processing resins, coatings, and mixtures; as well as manufacturing plastics, inks, and dyes.

Cautions in using Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)

Exposure to MEK typically involves vapors that are present in the air when handling the liquid, or by direct contact with skin. This can occur in individuals that are exposed to specific glues or coatings, and in factories or labs where synthetic rubber or glues are made. Short-term inhalation of methyl ethyl ketone can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. Although there have not been many long-term studies done to show the effects of prolonged exposure to MEK, experts advise exercising caution when handling the substance. Methyl ethyl ketone is also flammable, and it can react with most oxidizing materials.

Proper safety measures should be taken when handling and storing the liquid. Store MEK in non-reactive material in a cool, dry place. MEK should be handled in well-ventilated areas, while following proper safety standards and wearing appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) that covers any exposed skin. Chemical resistant gloves, chemical splash goggles, and face protection are recommended when handling the liquid.

Top 5 Uses for Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)

1. Cleaning agent

Because MEK is naturally corrosive, it is a strong degreaser and can also be used to remove adhesives  and other coatings from surfaces. MEK can be used to remove residual glue, dirt, grease, paint, or older coating layers that are starting to erode. MEK is often used to clean surfaces before new paint or parts are installed. It is sometimes used as a step in refurbishing products before reuse.

2. In petrochemical plastics

MEK can be used as a hardener in the manufacturing of resins, synthetic rubber, and as a solvent in making other chemicals for plastic production.

3. Paints, dyes, and glue

If you’ve ever smelled the distinct, sharp scent of a dry-erase marker, you’ve used a product of methyl ethyl ketone.  
MEK’s slow evaporating properties make it a useful ingredient in products like dry-erase markers. It is used as a solvent in the dye to ensure the ink flows properly. MEK is also a common ingredient in paint and paint products, like lacquer and other varnishes;  as well as paint remover and glue.

4. Curing agent

MEK is commonly found in the fiberglass and plastic manufacturing industry. It is used as a curing agent for unsaturated polyester resins and fiberglass plastics. 
MEK is what’s known as a catalyst in this process for both vinyl and polyester resins. MEK cures the resin by reacting with it to solidify it from a liquid state.

5. In bonding and manufacturing

MEK is used as an effective plastic welding agent. It can dissolve many plastics, including polystyrene, and can bind plastics together. 
MEK works as a welding agent by dissolving the surface where it is applied and then evaporating - acting as more of a chemical welding agent. It can also be used to manufacture plastics themselves, as well as textiles, and paraffin wax.

Benefits of MEK

Diverse application of uses
Efficient solvent
Soluble in water and alcohol
Useful chemical ingredient in inks, adhesives, resins, glue, and dyes
Methyl ethyl ketone’s natural properties as a solvent and incredibly diverse abilities as an organic compound make it ideal for use in producing and manufacturing a wide array of other useful liquids, plastics, textiles, and chemical intermediates.


methyl ethyl ketone is a colourless, volatile, highly flammable liquid with a fruity odour


methyl ethyl ketone is widely used as a solvent for protective coatings, paints, plastics, adhesives, printing
inks and pesticides


methyl ethyl ketone may be released from industry but it is quickly broken down in the environment
methyl ethyl ketone is produced naturally at low levels by many living things
methyl ethyl ketone can be found in various food items including meat, fruit and vegetables


People may be exposed to methyl ethyl ketone as an ingredient in some consumer products such as varnishes
Methyl ethyl ketone in the air can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat and cause chest tightness
Ingestion can cause inflammation of the mouth and stomach upset
Skin contact may cause irritation with redness, dryness and swelling
May irritate or injure the eyes on contact
If absorbed into the body it can cause headache, dizziness, tiredness, balance problems, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, low temperature, fitting and coma


The primary use of methyl ethyl ketone is as a solvent, particularly for various coating systems, such as vinyl, adhesives, nitrocellulose, and acrylic coatings; For paint removers, lacquers, varnishes, spray paints, sealers, glues, magnetic tapes, printing inks, resins, rosins, cleaning and polymerization solutions. It is used to remove wax in lubricating oils, degreasing metals, in the production of synthetic leather, transparent paper and aluminum foil, and as an intermediate chemical and catalyst.


Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is a volatile and highly flammable liquid with a sweet odor and the molecular formula (C4H8O). It is naturally produced by some trees, bacteria & seaweeds. 
MEK is an organic compound produced from the dehydration of secondary butanol. 
It is majorly used in the paint & coating industry as a solvent and also utilized in resin manufacturing. 
Moreover, MEK finds application in pharmaceutical, chemical, coating and electronics along with other industries as a chemical intermediate, cleaner and solvent.

Moreover, MEK is also used in numerous household products, paints, coatings, degreasing metals, manufacturing magnetic tapes, varnishes and glues. 
Numerous end-users prefer MEK as an effective solution for different pharmaceutical and chemical applications. 
High flammability and the subsequent need for high efforts in the safe production and handling of this chemicals may prove to be a challenge as it deters the adoption of MEK in certain end uses

With properties such as faster evaporation rate and better solubility, MEK is increasingly being accepted among end-user industries. 
MEK is widely used in printing inks, agrochemicals, paints & coating, magnetic tapes and other applications. 
Attributing to its effectiveness as a solvent, MEK is also used in pesticides, chemical intermediates, pharmaceutical detergents and many more applications. 
Therefore, the increasing application and acceptance of methyl ethyl ether, among diverse end-user industries, is set to be among the key driving factors responsible for the growth of the market in the near future.

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