Butyl acetate

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Uses

  • n-Butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an ester which is a colorless flammable liquid at room temperature. Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals it imparts characteristic flavors and has a sweet smell of banana or apple. It is used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods. Butyl acetate is often used as a high-boiling solvent of moderate polarity.
  • The other three isomers of butyl acetate are: isobutyl acetatetert-butyl acetate, and sec-butyl acetate.

 Production

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Occurrence in nature