Ethyl Acetate

Ethyl acetate (systematically ethyl ethanoate, commonly abbreviated EtOAc, ETAC or EA) is the organic compound with the formula CH3−COO−CH2−CH3, simplified to C4H8O2. This colorless liquid has a characteristic sweet smell (similar to pear drops) and is used in glues, nail polish removers, and in the decaffeination process of tea and coffee. Ethyl acetate is the ester of ethanol and acetic acid; it is manufactured on a large scale for use as a solvent.


Molar Weight88,11 g/mol
Melting Point−84 °C
Boiling Point77,1 °C
Flash Point−4 °C
Density0.902 at 20°C
FormsLiquid (clear)

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Printing & Inks
  • Cleaning products
  • Solvents
  • Extracting agent
  • Building & Construction products


  • Pharma
  • Coatings & Construction
  • Polymers
  • Food

Synonyms: 1-acetoxyethane I acetic ester I acetic acid ethyl ester

Chemical Formula: C4H8O2

CAS Number: 141-78-6