Trade name of the product: propyl acetate
Chemical name of the compound: Propyl acetate
Synonyms: 1-acetoxypropane; 1-propyl acetate; 1-propylacetate; 1-propyl acetate; n-propyl ethanoate; n-propyl acetate; propylacetate; acetic acid propyl ester; n-propyl ester of acetic acid; ethanoicacid, propylester; natural propionic acid
Chemical and physical properties: A colorless volatile liquid with a characteristic mild fruit smell and a pleasant sweet-bitter taste resembling the taste of a pear
Application of the substance: N-propyl acetate is mainly used as a solvent in the industrial production of coatings and printing inks (owing to its suitability to thin down many other organic compounds). It is also an excellent solvent for many natural and synthetic resins (such as cellulose nitrate, acrylates, colophony, plastifiers, wax, oils and fats), varnishes for wood, natural and synthetic dyes and plastics. It is also used to produce insecticides and in the perfume, printing and food industry (as a flavor additive for food lending it the taste and flavor of a pear).
Health safety: Contact with the eyes and skin does not cause any serious injuries. High concentrations of the vapors can irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, larynx and throat, and cause nausea, vomiting, headache and dizziness, sleepiness, cough, shallow breathing, pressure sensation in the chest and depressive symptoms from the central nervous system, and even blackout.