Selected Industrial Uses of Acetate
One of the primary uses for acetate in industry is as a solvent. In this capacity, acetates are frequently used in paints, coatings, and various ink techniques. Polyvinyl alcohol is made from vinyl acetate (chemical formula CH3COOCH=CH2) and is used in a number of paints. Polyvinyl acetate is itself quite useful, being a popular type of wood glue.
Ethyl acetate is another popular type of acetate, with over 1 million pounds produced each year in the US alone. Ethyl acetate is used as a solvent in many applications, such as in paints, printing, varnishes, and in the laboratory. It is also used as a solvent in electroplating.
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Another common industrial acetate is cellulose acetate, one of the first synthetic fibers. Cellulose acetate has many uses, including in eyeglass frames, playing cards, and even diapers.
Acetate salts also have a number of important industrial uses. Potassium acetate, for instance, is often used as a food preservative, while aluminium acetate is used as an antiseptic and as an antistringent.
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