What Is Methyl Ethyl Ketone?
- Appearance: Liquid
- Formula: C4H8O
- Melting point:-86 (degrees Celcius)
- Boiling point:79.6 (degrees Celcius)
- Density: Not applicable
- CAS No.: 78-93-3
Uses of Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Methyl ethyl ketone is an organic compound in colourless liquid form. It is commonly used as a solvent across many industries; in particular to weld together plastics such as gum or resin.
Common solutions that involve methyl ethyl ketone include:
- Household products such as lacquer and varnish
- Various types of glues
- Paint thinners/removers
- As “cement” mix in model kits
- As a precursor to MEK peroxide (in laboratory use).
Experienced MEK Manufacturers
ReAgent sells methyl ethyl ketone in containers of 25 litres up to tankers of 25,000 litres. As leading chemical suppliers in the UK, we’re well equipped to deal with any batch orders that aren’t listed here, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any special requirements.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone Dangers
Precautions must be taken at all times when handling chemicals, particularly when of a volatile or hazardous nature.
MEK is a flammable compound and can cause a vigorous reaction when exposed to a spark or flame. It is also classed as an irritant so should be kept away from skin and face. Exposure to methyl ethyl ketone has been known to cause neurological and psychological effects, so inhalation should be avoided at all times.
Please refer to our methyl ethyl ketone MSDS for full safety and storage instructions, available to download on this page.