ReAgent are leading acetic acid suppliers, and we offer our top-grade product in a variety of sizes:
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.
Other Uses and Names for Acetic Acid
Also known as ethanoic acid, acetic acid is the simplest carboxylic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It is a colourless solution with a characteristic sour smell and taste. While it is classified as a weak acid, it can still attack the skin in concentrated solutions and should be handled with care. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for acetic acid is also available to download from our website.
The most well known use of acetic acid is as an ingredient in vinegar, where its concentration is around 8-10%. In addition, synthetic forms of acetic acid have many other industrial applications. Examples include the production of cellulose acetate, which is used in photographic film, and various synthetic fabrics.
The Early History of Acetic Acid
Vinegar was discovered early in civilisation as the result of the 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 included the production of several pigments used by artists. These included white (lead carbonate) and green (copper(II) acetate).
However, it took many centuries for researchers to develop 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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