Methyl Ethyl Ketone, MEK

Methyl Ethyl Ketone aka MEK is an organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)CH2CH3. This colorless liquid ketone has a sharp, sweet odor reminiscent of butterscotch and acetone. It is produced industrially on a large scale, and also occurs in trace amounts in nature. It is soluble in water and is commonly used as an industrial solvent.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone aka MEK is used in processes involving gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings and in vinyl films. For this reason it finds use in the manufacture of plastics, textiles, in the production of paraffin wax, and in household products such as lacquer, varnishes, paint remover, a denaturing agent for denatured alcohol, glues, and as a cleaning agent. It has similar solvent properties to acetone but boils at a higher temperature and has a significantly slower evaporation rate. Methyl Ethyl Ketone aka MEK is also used in dry erase markers as the solvent of the erasable dye.

Methyl Ethyl Ketone aka MEK is also used as a plastic welding agent. It dissolves polystyrene and many other plastics, it is sold as "model cement" for use in connecting parts in a model kit.


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