Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), Lab Grade

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About Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), Lab Grade

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), Lab Grade from Lab Alley, is of high quality and purity percentage, appropriate for use in most laboratory and analytical applications.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), also known as 2-butanone, is an essential commercial chemical that is used and produced in large quantities for a wide variety of purposes. MEK undergoes several reactions, such as the condensation of aldehydes to form higher molecular weight ketones, cyclic compounds, and ketals.

It is a flammable chemical, colorless with an acetone-like odor. It is miscible in water, soluble in alcohol, ether, acetone, and benzene.

The primary use of Methyl Ethyl Ketone is as a solvent for protective coating in cellulose manufacture, acrylic resin and vinyl polymer production, many extraction processes in the chemical and petroleum industries, fingernail polish, adhesives, printing inks, and paint removers, for the extraction of hardwood pulping and vegetable oil, in pharmaceutical and cosmetics production.

MEK is also used for the dewaxing of lubrication oils and the production of magnetics tapes. It is a chemical intermediate in several reactions, including condensation, halogenation, ammonolysis, and oxidation. A small amount of it is also utilized as a sterilizer for surgical instruments, hypodermic needles, syringes, and dental instruments.

Common Uses and Applications

  • Solvent
  • Paint remover
  • Jet fuel
  • Petrochemicals ink
  • Synthetic plastics
  • Rubber and resins
  • Protective coating
  • Vinyl polymer production
  • Extraction processes
  • Fingernail polish
  • Adhesives
  • Printing inks
  • Extraction of hardwood
  • Sterilizer for surgical instruments


Chemistry Table

2-Butanone, Butan-2-one, Butanone, Ethyl methyl ketone, Methylethyl ketone
NLT 99.5%
Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), Lab Grade Specifications

Molar Mass 72.107 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless Liquid
Odor 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

Safety and Shipping Information

DOT: Ethyl methyl ketone, 3, UN1193, PG II

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