Methyl Acetate
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Title: Methyl Acetate
CAS Registry Number: 79-20-9
Molecular Formula: C3H6O2
Molecular Weight: 74.08
Percent Composition: C 48.64%, H 8.16%, O 43.19%
Line Formula: CH3COOCH3
Properties: Colorless liquid; pleasant odor. mp -98°. bp 56.9°. d420 0.9342; d425 0.9279. nD20 1.3614: Mumford, Phillips, J. Chem. Soc. 1950, 75. Flash pt, closed cup: 14°F (-10°C). Sol in water; miscible with alcohol, ether.
Melting point: mp -98°
Boiling point: bp 56.9°
Flash point: Flash pt, closed cup: 14°F (-10°C)
Index of refraction: nD20 1.3614: Mumford, Phillips, J. Chem. Soc. 1950, 75
Density: d420 0.9342; d425 0.9279
CAUTION: Potential symptoms of overexposure are irritation of eyes, skin, nose and throat; headache, drowsiness; optic nerve atrophy; chest tightness. See NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (DHHS/NIOSH 97-140, 1997) p 196.
Use: Solvent for nitrocellulose, acetylcellulose, and many resins and oils; manuf artificial leather.

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