Ethyl acetate (acetic acid ethyl ester) CH3-COO-CH2-CH3 - volatile colorless liquid with fruity odor.
Laboratory method for producing ethyl acetate is ethyl alcohol acetylation with acetyl chloride or acetic anhydride.
Ethyl acetate is widely used as a solvent because of low cost and low toxicity, as well as an acceptable odor. In particular, as the solvent of cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate, fats, waxes, cleaning of printed circuit boards, in admixture with an alcohol - a solvent in the production of artificial leather.
Ethyl acetate is often used for extraction and for column and thin layer chromatography. Rarely as a solvent for reactions because of the tendency to hydrolysis and transesterification. For polucheniyaatsetouksusnogo ether.