Acetic Acid

Acetic acid is primarily used as a raw material for the manufacture of vinyl acetate (VAM). It is used as a reaction promoter in terephthalic acid production and is also a raw material for cellulose acetate, acetate esters, acetic anhydride, chloroacetic acid and a wide range of industrial synthesis. Also interesting is in the most common form, vinegar, contains about 6% of the acid making this a unique ingredient used heavily in chemical processing and in every day life.


Molar Weight60.052 g/mol
Melting Point16.6 °C
Boiling Point117.9 °C
Flash Point40°C
Density1.049 g/cc
FormsLiquid (clear), Colourless

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Dyes
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Absorbent
  • Food additive
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Solvents
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agricultural (non-pesticide)


  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharma
  • Polymers
  • Cleaning
  • Coatings & Construction
  • Cosmetics
  • Water Treatment
  • Food
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Agrobusiness
  • Lubricants
  • Rubber

Synonyms: E260, Ethanoic acid, Methane Carboxylic Acid, Methanecarboxylic Acid

Chemical Formula: C2H4O2

CAS Number: 64-19-7