What is Acetone

Acetone, also known as propanone (or 2-propanone) or dimethyl ketone, is an organic compound derived from propylene via the cumene process. It is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, and the simplest and smallest ketone. Acetone is miscible with water and other materials such as benzene, ethanol, and methanol, as well as serves as an important solvent in its own right. The pungent odor can irritate the eyes, nose, and respiratory system. It is also miscible in water as well as other materials, such as benzene, ethanol and methanol.

Acetone is commonly found in products such as: acetylene, adhesives and cements, cleaning fluids, extraction solvent, gel coats, ink solvent, lacquer thinner, nail polish, nail polish remover, paint solvent, paint strippers, pharmaceuticals, polyurethane foam, PVC cement, sealants, solvent, and varnish.

  • Synonyms: propanone (2-propanone), dimethyl ketone (DMK)
  • INCI: Acetone
  • Chemical formula: C3H6O
  • CAS # 67-64-1
  • Hazard: 3 Flammable Liquids


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Product Specifications

Appearanceclear and colorless liquid
Odorsweet slight aromatic odor
Tastepungent sweetish taste
Solubilitiesmiscible in water
Density0.7845 g cm−3 (25 °C)
Boiling point133°F (56.1°C)
Freezing point-137°F (-93.9°C)
Molecular weight58.08 /mol
Weight per gallon6.59 lbs/gal
Classketone, non-HAP solvent, solvent, VOC exempt solvent
GradesNF Grade, NG/ACS, Reagent, Technical

Uses and Applications for Acetone

Acetone is an organic compound primarily used as an industrial solvent. It serves as an active ingredient in common household and industrial products.

  • Coatings & Construction: coatings, adhesives, and paint thinners due to its ability to reduce the viscosity in lacquers
  • HI&I: cleaning and drying applications
  • Personal Care: serves as an active ingredient in common household and industrial products such as nail polish removers or as a skin adhesive removal agent by make-up artists, breaking down the polish structure so it can be wiped away easily
  • Textiles: uses acetone for processes such as removing gummy materials from silk and eliminating accumulated grease from wool
  • Other: used as a solvent (primarily for plastics as well as synthetic fibers), heavy-duty degreasing processes, effective penetrating oil, and low-grade acetone versions are often used in laboratory settings as a glassware rinsing agent

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Acetone is a highly flammable liquid that can produce flash fires or even explosions under certain circumstances.

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