Butyl acetate

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n-Butyl acetate
Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model
CAS number 123-86-4 YesY
PubChem 31272
ChemSpider 29012 YesY
UNII 464P5N1905 YesY
KEGG C12304 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:31328 YesY
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Molecular formula C6H12O2
Molar mass 116.16 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid with fruity odor
Density 0.88 g/cm3[1]
Melting point −77 °C (−107 °F; 196 K)[1]
Boiling point 127 °C (261 °F; 400 K)[1]
Solubility in water 10 g/L (20.0 °C)[1]
Refractive index (nD) 1.394 (20.0 °C)
Main hazards Flammable
Flash point 27 °C (81 °F; 300 K)[1]
Related compounds
Related acetates propyl acetate
amyl acetate
Related compounds butanol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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n-Butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, is an organic compound commonly used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and other products. It is a colorless flammable liquid. Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals it imparts characteristic flavors and has a sweet smell of banana or apple. It is used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods.

The other three isomers of butyl acetate are: isobutyl acetate, tert-butyl acetate, and sec-butyl acetate.


Butyl acetates are commonly manufactured by the Fischer esterification of a butanol isomer and acetic acid with the presence of catalytic sulfuric acid under reflux conditions.[2]

Occurrence in nature[edit]

Apples, especially of the Red Delicious variety, are flavored in part by this chemical. The alarm pheromones emitted by the Koschevnikov gland of honey bees contain butyl acetate.


  1. ^ a b c d e Record in the GESTIS Substance Database from the IFA
  2. ^ Acetic acid. (2003). In Ullman's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry (6th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 170-171). Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.

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