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Butyl Acetate

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 also used as a synthetic fruit flavoring in foods such as candy, ice cream, cheeses, and baked goods. Butyl acetate is found in many types of fruit, where along with other chemicals it imparts characteristic flavors. It is a colourless flammable liquid with a sweet smell of banana.

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

Production


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.

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.