Acetone also known as Dimethylketone, Dimethylketal or 2-Propanone is a clear, colorless, liquid with the molecular formula C₃H6O, CAS: 67-64-1. It is a flammable, low toxic, water-miscible compound with a variety of everyday uses in industry, the laboratory, and pharmaceuticals.


Acetone is usually produced as a by-product from phenol production and is derived, in this instance, from propylene and benzene, which are the main raw materials used to make phenol.

The world annual production of acetone is several millions of tons. Its flashpoint is -17.8°C and then highly flammable. The specific gravity of acetone is 0.8.


Acetone is used as a precursor to other chemicals, the most common use being as a precursor to methyl methacrylate and Bisphenol A. It is therefore an important raw material for the production of Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) as acrylic glass and Polycarbonate, which is used in the automotive and construction industries. Other applications are in the production of coatings and paints as well as pharmaceutical raw materials.

The pharmaceutical industry uses as a denaturant to produce denatured alcohol.

is used as a solvent, providing the active ingredient in many cleaning products, nail polish removers and paint, resin, adhesive thinners and various degreasers.


Dimethylketone, 2 – Propanone, Acetone, Dimethyl Ketone, DMK

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