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Ethyl Acetate

Ethyl acetate (also known as ethyl ethanoate, acetic acid ethyl ester, acetoxyethane, 1-acetoxyethane, EtOAC, ETAC, EA) is an organic ester compound with a molecular formula of C4H8O2. It is a colourless liquid with a fruity characteristic odour that is commonly recognised in glues and nail polish remover.

Industry Uses

Ethyl acetate is used in various industrial applications such as in paints as a hardener, adhesives, paint and coating additives, degreasing solvents, active agents, processing aids and plasticisers. At a lower purity, it can be used in printing and pharmaceuticals. It is also used in coating formulations for wood furniture, agricultural, construction equipment, mining equipment and marine uses.

Laboratory uses include in mixtures used in column chromatography and extractions.

Commercial Uses

The most common use of ethyl acetate is as an ester in wine as it is naturally produced during the fermentation process. It contributes to wine’s fruity flavours. It also contributes to the decaffeination of coffee beans and tea leaves.

Commercial products containing this solvent include automotive products, cleaning and furnishing care products, paints, coatings, inks and plastics. It is also used in air care products and perfumes, as it evaporates quickly leaving only the scent to remain.

As a high purity solvent, it is used in cleaning electric circuit boards and as a nail polish remover. At a lower purity, it can be used as in perfumes, food, decaffeination of tea/coffee and a carrier solvent for herbicides.


  • Solvent in Printing inks

  • Paints and Coatings

  • Laminates

  • Flexible Packaging

  • Aluminium Foil

  • Pesticides

  • Flavour in Pharmaceuticals

  • Nitrocellulose

  • Varnishes

  • Synthetic Fruit Essence

  • Perfumes

  • Photographic Films and Plates

  • Adhesives

  • Pharmaceuticals

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