Tag - Solvents

Is Acetone Harmful?

Acetone, also known as 2-propanone, dimethyl ketone, and propanone, is a commonly used chemical both domestically and in industry and has a reputation for being a strong substance – but is it harmful? Acetone is mainly used as a solvent, chemical intermediate, and in household products such as furniture polish, rubbing alcohol, and nail varnish. It’s a clear, volatile liquid...

Is Ethanol Hazardous?

Ethanol is a strongly-smelling, volatile, flammable liquid - so yes, the short answer is that ethanol is hazardous! Ethanol was first discovered as a by-product of fermenting alcohol, has been used in chemistry since the 1850s, and due to its versatility is now widely used in industry and homes around the world. Despite being common and having myriad uses, ethanol...

How Is Ethanol Made?

Before we look at how ethanol is made, let’s explore what it is and what it’s used for. We’re probably all familiar with ethanol as the main ingredient in alcoholic drinks (although it should never be consumed on its own as it isn’t fit for human consumption in its pure form). Its pure form is a clear, colourless, flammable liquid...

What Is Ethanol Used For?

Ethanol is used for many applications across a variety of industries and also goes by a few different names: alcohol, ethyl alcohol, absolute ethanol, grain alcohol and drinking alcohol. What Is Ethanol? Ethanol is a volatile, inflammable, clear liquid with a distinctive odour and the chemical formula C2H5OH. It is the main type of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks, but ethanol...