Jun 12, 2013
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Methyl ethyl ketone [CAS: 78-93-3] is an organic chemical solvent that is used in several industrial manufacturing processes. Methyl Ethyl Ketone, also called MEK, is a clear liquid that has a number of applications as a solvent for the production of coatings, resins, printing inks, lubricants and more. Methyl ethyl ketone is also referred to by its IUPAC name Butan-2-one, 2-Butanone, Methylpropanone, Ethylmethylketone, and Methylacetone.
Methyl ethyl ketone can be produced in a variety of ways. The most common method of producing MEK is through the catalyzed oxidation of the alcohol 2-Butanol. Common catalysts for this oxidation reaction are often copper or zinc-based compounds. Methyl ethyl ketone can also be produced through the oxidation of heavy naphtha, where 2-Butanone is extracted as a product catalytic cracking and fractionation. Methyl ethyl ketone is also found sparingly in natural sources such as dairy foods and certain agricultural products.
Methyl ethyl ketone supplied by Parchem is used in the chemical industry as an organic solvent for the production of coatings, polymers, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates, magnetic tapes, agricultural chemicals, and lubricants.
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