CAS NO.: 78-93-3
Uses of Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)
1. Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is used as a solvent for cellulose acetate, acrylic resin, alkyd resin, paint, ink, the binder for dyes, a dewaxing agent for lubricants, a vulcanization accelerator, etc.
2. It is used as a reagent for the determination of cadmium, copper, and mercury, a standard material for chromatographic analysis, and a solvent for semiconductor lithography.
3. GB 2760-96 certifies it as an edible spice. It is mainly used to make cheese, coffee and banana flavors, and also be used as an extraction solvent.
4. MEK is mainly used as a solvent in azeotropic distillation for the dewaxing of lubricating oils, the coating industry, various resins, and the extraction and refining processes of vegetable oils. Its advantages lie in its strong solubility and lower volatility than acetone and it is a boiling point ketone solvent. It is used as intermediates for the preparation of medicines, dyes, detergents, fragrances, antioxidants, and certain catalysts, such as the synthetic anti-dehairing agent called methyl ethyl ketoxime, a polymerization catalyst called methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, and a corrosion inhibitor called methyl pentynol.
5. MEK is a raw material for the preparation of acaricide pyridoxamine.
6. MEK is a raw material for organic synthesis and can be used as a solvent. In the oil refining industry, it is used as a dewaxing agent for lubricating oils. It is also used in industries such as medicines, coatings, dyes, detergents, fragrances, and electronics. It is used as the liquid ink solvent and in the manufacture of the cosmetic product of nail polishes As a low boiling-point solvent, it reduces the viscosity of nail polishes and dries fast.