Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)

METHYL ETHYL KETONE                                                            

Chemical Formula : C4H8O           CAS Registry Number 78-93-3


Oxidation of 2-butanol is one way to produce butanone. Butanone is produced by the dehydrogenation of 2-butanol using a catalyst based on copper, zinc, or bronze:CH3CH(OH)CH2CH3 → CH3C(O)CH2CH3 + H2In this way, approximately 700M kg are produced yearly. Other routes that have been examined but not implemented include Wacker oxidation of 2-butene and oxidation of isobutylbenzene (analogous to the industrial route to acetone).[2]Butanone is biosynthesized by some trees and found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts. It is released to the air from car and truck exhausts.



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