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Chemical database: Acetone

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Chemical formula C3H6O
Molar mass 58.08 g mol -1
Density 0.791 g cm -3
Melting point - 94.9 °C
Boiling point 56.3 °C
Solubility miscible with water
CAS number 67-64-1
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Acetone is a colorless flammable liquid, that belongs to the group of ketones. It has a very specific and intensive smell. It can be mixed with water, and it is mostly used as a solvent (a polar one, meaning that it dissolves polar molecules). In addition, it is used in the chemical industry for the synthesis of other substances (polimers, medications and so on). It is also often the main ingredient in nail polish removing solutions, and it is often used as a cleaning liquid in paint/pigment industry.

Acetone can be obtained in most supermarkets in form of nail polish removing solutions. If one will buy that kind of acetone, it is a good idea to check the contents, because there could be other substances used instead of acetone. Also, products that contain perfume/pigments, should be avoided. If one needs larger quantities of acetone (1000 ml, or more), it is best to buy it in stores that sell paint/polish equipment. The price range is 1.5-3€ per 1000 ml (in the Croatian market).


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