Methyl acetate / C₃H₆O₂

Methyl acetate

Gas Identification

Other denomination
Methyl ethanoate
CAS Registry Number
SCBA type

Chemical properties

Molecular formula
Molecular mass
74,1 g/mol

Physical properties

Boiling point
56,9 °C
Autoignition temperature
502 °C
Gas/Vapour density
10,27 eV

Flammability limit

3,1 % v/v
16 % v/v

Threshold limit value

200 ppm • 610 mg/m³
250 ppm • 760 mg/m³

Methyl acetate : Description and use


Sometimes confused with acetone, methyl acetate is also known as acetic acid methyl ester.
It is in the form of a clear, highly flammable liquid with a pleasant smell reminiscent of some glues and nail polish removers. Its characteristics are very similar to those of ethyl acetate. Weakly polar (lipophilic) and aprotic, it is fairly soluble in water at elevated temperatures. It hydrolyses at an elevated temperature: into methanol and acetic acid (in the presence of strong aqueous acids or into acetate in the presence of a strong aqueous base).
Methyl acetate is used as a solvent in glue, paint and nail polish remover, in organic synthesis and for extractions.

  • Solvent for nitrocellulose and for cellulose acetate
  • Preparation of paint, lacquer, thinners and strippers
  • To manufacture artificial leathers
  • Perfume industry
  • Organic synthesis

Methyl acetate : Warnings and caution

GHS hazard statements

H225 - Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
H319 - Causes serious eye irritation.
H336 - May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
EUH 066 - Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracking.

GHS precautionary statements

P210 - Keep away from heat, sparks, open flames, hot surfaces. No smoking.
P305 + P351 + P338 - IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
P403 + P233 - Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep container tightly closed.

SGH02 : Inflammable
SGH07 : Toxique, irritant, sensibilisant, narcotique

Methyl acetate : Related products

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