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At ReAgent, we can supply Acetic Acid in 2.5L and 25 L containers, as well as 200 L drums. Discounts are available for bulk orders over 4 items. Other products we can supply include Glacial Acetic Acid for analytical and laboratory use, and various solutions ranging from 5% to 80% acetic acid. All our products come with a 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours.
Weak acid present in vinegar
Acetic acid, also called ethanoic acid, is the simplest carboxylic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH (sometimes written as C2H4O2). It’s a colourless solution with a characteristic sour smell and taste. This compound is classified as a weak acid, but it can still attack the skin in concentrated solutions, and should be handled with care. The Material Safety Data Sheet is available to download from the website.
At around 8-10%, its presence in vinegar is well known, obtained through bacterial fermentation. In addition, synthetic forms have many other industrial applications. Examples include the production of cellulose acetate (for photographic film) and various synthetic fabrics.
Vinegar was discovered early in civilisation, as the result of bacterial fermentation of wine. By the 3rd century BC, acetic acid was already a common ingredient in many concoctions formulated by alchemists. The first reactions described included the production several pigments used by artists including white (lead carbonate) and green (copper(II) acetate). However, it took many centuries for researchers to developed ways to distil and purify acetic acid from metal acetates, in particular copper(II) acetate. Finally, in 1845, chemist Hermann Kolbe successfully synthesised acetic acid for the first time, starting from inorganic compounds.
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