CAS Number: 67-64-1
Synonyms: Dimethylformaldehyde; Dimethyl ketone; β-Ketopropane; 2-Propanone
This colorless, mobile, flammable liquid is the simplest example of the ketones. Acetone is miscible with water and serves as an important solvent in its own right, typically as the solvent of choice for cleaning purposes in the laboratory. It is used as a volatile component of some paints and varnishes. As a heavy-duty degreaser, it is useful in the preparation of metal prior to painting; it also thins polyester resins, vinyl and adhesives. Acetone is also present as an excipient in some pharmaceutical products.