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  • Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. Methyl ethyl ketone (also known as 2-butanone) is a man-made chemical that is also found in nature.
  • Methyl ethyl ketone is a flammable liquid. It is partially soluble in water, and soluble in most other organic solvents. It will float on water while it rapidly dissolves in it.
  • In nature, MEK is made by some trees. It is also found in small amounts in some fruits and vegetables. Manmade MEK is released into the air from car and truck exhausts.
  • The main commercial route to MEK is the dehydrogenation of secondary butanol.
  • MEK can also be made as a by-product in butane-based acetic acid manufacture.
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) worldwide is, primarily, produced with n butene/2-butene as the raw material via sec butyl Alcohol (SBA) route as 90-95% of SBA produced is utilized for manufacture of MEK.
  • A modern MEK manufacturing unit shall comprise of the following key sections :- Hydration of n-butenes to produce Sec Butyl Alcohol., Catalytic Dehydrogenation of SBA to produce Methyl Ethyl Ketone.
  • A newer technology involves the direct oxidation of n-butene in solution using palladium and cupric chlorides as catalysts.
  • Technology of Vapour phase Dehydrogenation of SBA with Copper Catalyst is favoured for MEK production due to its lower temperature operation and minimum side reactions.
  • Methyl ethyl ketone is used as a solvent for lacquers, adhesives; for cleaning materials to be electroplated; for degreasing; in rubber and rubber cement, printing inks, paints, wood stains, varnishes and paint removers and in cleaning solutions; as a catalyst; and as a carrier.
  • MEK is used in shoe factories, printing plants and plastics factories. It is also used in making sporting goods.
  • Other applications include solvent extraction in several industrial sector , the production of synthetic leather and transparent paper and use as a degreasing agent.
  • MEK is favored for applications in coatings that utilize highly polar resins such as epoxies, urethanes, cellulosics and vinyls.
  • MEK functions as a dewaxing agent during the refining of lubricating oils.
    The use of MEK in adhesives, chemical intermediates and printing inks represents strongest segments of growth – all growing at rates between 2 and 3 percent annually.
  • MEK consumption to grow at an average rate of 3.5%/year during the 2005 – 2010 period to reach 1.3m tonnes in 2010.
  • The strongest growth market for MEK is in adhesives, chemical intermediates and printing inks.
  • It is projected that MEK demand will grow at an average rate of 6-7%/year to reach about 300,000-320,000 tonnes/year.
  • The future increase in demand of MEK in the country is expected from two levels. The first is from the growth of end users who are already using MEK. The second level is from the consumers who can use MEK but are using other solvents and are willing to switch over to MEK, once its easy availability is assured.
  • About butanone
  • About Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Information about methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide


  • Metal Oxide Catalyst for Methyl Ethyl Ketone Production via One-Step Oxidation of n-Butane
  • Locating and estimating air emissions from sources of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Production and Manufacturing Process
  • Complete oxidation of methyl ethyl ketone and toluene over supported copper chromium and cobalt chromium oxide catalysts
  • Process of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone product
  • Reductive alkylation of p-phenylenediamine with methyl ethyl ketone
  • Removal of Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) using Biofiltration
  • Treatment of mixtures of methyl ethyl ketone and toluene using continuous and sequencing batch operated biofilters

Patent and Technology

  • Methyl ethyl ketone process
  • Preparation of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Process for producing phenol and methyl ethyl ketone
  • Recovery of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Separation of methyl ethyl ketone from ethanol by azeotropic distillation
  • Use of particular mixtures of ethyl lactate and methyl ethyl ketone to remove undesirable peripheral material from photo resist-coated substrates
  • Advanced oxidation technology

Company profiles

  • Company from USA
  • Company from Chennai
  • Company from Australia
  • Company from North America
  • Company from Singapore
  • Company from US
  • Company from South Africa


  • Biofilter testing using composting for styrene and methyl ethyl ketone emissions
  • Waste analyses project for lowa automotive dealerships
  • Project of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Summary sheet of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Waste analysis project


  • Consultant from Texas
  • Consultant from Mary Land
  • Consultant from New Delhi, India
  • Consultant from Tamil Nadu, India
  • Consultant from USA

Functions & uses

  • Effects of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide on the Performance of Cast Polymers
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone Solvent Properties
  • Chemical profiles and industrial uses of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone in the photolysis of acetone vapor
Material safety data sheet
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Safety data for 2-butanone
  • Materials safety data of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Crown methyl ethyl ketone
  • Safety data of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Material safety data sheet of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone of safety data
  • Methyl ethyl ketone of material safety data sheet
  • MSDS methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone data sheet
  • Safety data for methyl ethyl ketone peroxide
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (2-Butanone)


  • Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide technical product
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone MEK-R6K10
  • Product of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone-ketone solvent
  • SPI-Chem™ Methyl Ethyl Ketone


  • Methyl ethyl ketone price report
  • Production of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Uses and Market Data
  • Executive summary of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Chinas market economics in command


  • Voluntary children's chemical evaluation program peer consulting meeting on methyl ethyl ketone
  • Emissions on methyl ethyl ketone
  • Illicit Drug Labs Running Low on Chemicals
  • Phat phase capillary columns
  • International programme on chemical safety of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone submissions
  • Proposed rule to remove methyl ethyl ketone from regulations as a toxic air pollutant

Safety & Hazards

  • Chemical profile for methyl ethyl ketone
  • Chronic toxicity summary of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (2-Butanone)
  • Hazards of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Pollution prevention opportunity data sheet
  • 4-Working Safely with Methyl Ethyl Ketone
  • Hazard summary of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Hazardous Materials Summary
  • Thermal Hazard Analysis of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide
  • Toxicological review of methyl ethyl ketone

Suppliers & Buyers

  • Methyl ethyl ketone suppliers
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  • Maharashtra suppliers of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone manufacturers
  • Exporters of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Manufacturers and exporters of methyl ethyl ketone
  • Methyl ethyl ketone buyers list

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