Acetic Acid (Avantor 9522-15 GLACIAL USP 450 LB)
This compound is labeled as CH3C02H, and it is a clear, colorless liquid. In some cases, it can be shipped in a crystalline form (also known as glacial acetic acid), but liquid is its most common state. This substance produces an off-putting smell and is classified as a “weak” acid because it partially dissociates in solvent.
Vinegar is naturally about 3-19% acetic acid, meaning that it is a big part of the food industry. As a chemical reagent, this compound can also be utilized in the creation of cellulose acetate to help make photographic film. Polyvinyl acetate is another product of acetic acid, and it is used to make wood glue. Synthetic fibers and fabrics may also contain acetic acid in their production. Some plastics may also utilize vinyl acetate as well.
When handling pure acetic acid, you must wear goggles, a breathing mask, and gloves. This is due to the compound’s corrosive abilities. If it comes into contact with the skin or eyes, it will cause redness, swelling, and a burning sensation. Acetic acid vapor can also induce coughing fits if it enters the lungs. This compound is also highly flammable and must be stored in a cool, dry area to prevent evaporation.