Product Information

Acetic Acid

Acetic Acid (CAS Number: 64-19-7) Supplier in Europe

Physical Details and Properties

Acetic acid, or ethanoic acid, is a clear, colorless liquid with a pungent vinegar-like odor. It has a molecular formula CH₃COOH and a molecular weight of 60.05 g/mol. With a boiling point of 118.1, °C and a melting point of 16.6°C, acetic acids are highly soluble in water and miscible with most organic solvents. These physical properties make it a versatile compound for various industrial applications.

Production Methods

At SoleChem Chemicals, we are committed to supplying high-quality acetic acid to meet the demands of our customers. Acetic acid is primarily produced through two main methods: methanol carbonylation and oxidation of acetaldehyde.

The first method, methanol carbonylation, is the most common process for large-scale acetic acid production. It involves the reaction of methanol with carbon monoxide in the presence of a catalyst, typically rhodium or iodine compounds. This catalytic reaction yields acetic acid as the primary product.

The second method involves the oxidation of acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde can be oxidized using various catalysts, including palladium or copper, producing acetic acid as a byproduct.

These production methods ensure a stable supply of acetic acid, meeting the stringent quality standards required by European industries.

Industrial Applications 

Thanks to its versatile properties, acetic acid plays a vital role in various European industries. Let’s explore some of its key applications:

In the chemical industry, acetic acid is a fundamental building block for producing numerous chemicals. One example is vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), which is widely used to manufacture adhesives, paints, and coatings. Acetic acid is also an essential precursor for producing acetic anhydride, esters, and cellulose acetate.

The food and beverage industry extensively utilizes acetic acid as a preservative and flavoring agent. Vinegar, primarily composed of acetic acid, finds widespread use in cooking, pickling, and salad dressings.

In the pharmaceutical industry, acetic acid is a crucial intermediate in synthesizing pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, vitamins, and analgesics. Its versatile nature allows for the production of a wide range of medications.

The textile industry relies on acetic acid to manufacture synthetic acetate fibers. Acetate fibers are commonly used in clothing, upholstery, and textiles due to their excellent draping properties and durability.

Safety Information 

When handling acetic acid, it is essential to follow proper safety precautions to ensure a safe working environment:

  1. Handling and Storage: Store acetic acid in a cool, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. It should be kept in appropriate containers, tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment, including gloves, goggles, and a lab coat.
  2. Health Hazards: Acetic acid is corrosive and can cause severe burns upon contact with the skin. It may also irritate the respiratory system and eyes. Avoid direct skin contact and inhalation of its vapors. In case of contact, promptly wash affected areas with water and seek medical attention if necessary.
  3. Fire and Explosion Hazards: Acetic acid is flammable and can form explosive mixtures with air. Keep it away from heat, sparks, and open flames. Use fire-resistant containers for storage and take precautions to prevent ignition sources.

Other Names:

Other names, including ethanoic acid, vinegar acid, methane carboxylic acid, and glacial acetic acid, are known as acetic acid.

Choose SoleChem Chemicals as your trusted supplier of high-quality acetic acid in Europe. With our commitment to quality and reliable supply, we provide the chemical solutions you need for your industrial applications. Contact us today to discuss your acetic acid supply requirements.