N-Butyl acetate

For other uses, see Butyl acetate (disambiguation).
n-Butyl acetate

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, 196 K, -107 °F ([1])

Boiling point

127 °C, 400 K, 261 °F ([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)[1]
Related compounds
Related acetates propyl acetate
amyl acetate
Related compounds butanol
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

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

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.


External links

  • Ethylene and other chemicals in fruit
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
  • CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
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