Published Online: 15 APR 2009
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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
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Hoell, D., Mensing, T., Roggenbuck, R., Sakuth, M., Sperlich, E., Urban, T., Neier, W. and Strehlke, G. 2009. 2-Butanone. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 APR 2009
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2-Butanone is the second most important commercially produced ketone after acetone. It is produced primarily by dehydrogenation of 2-butanol. 2-Butanone is used as a solvent in paints and adhesives and shows increasing demand. As a low-boiling solvent with low viscosity, high solids concentration, and wide diluents' tolerance, 2-butanone has wide application in polymer industry, where it is considered as a strong competitor to ethyl acetate. In the chemical industry, 2-butanone can be used as an activator for oxidative reactions, as extractive agent, solvent, and as a chemical intermediate. In 2005, it was removed from the list of hazardous air pollutants.
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