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Technical Data Sheet
Eastman™ Acetaldehyde

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Product Description

Eastman™ Acetaldehyde is a highly reactive, flammable, colorless liquid. It is miscible with water, ethyl alcohol, ethyl ether, acetone, benzene, gasoline, toluene, xylene, and acetic acid. Acetaldehyde undergoes the general reactions of aldehydes and is important for numerous condensation, addition, and polymerization reactions.

Acetaldehyde undergoes the aldol condensation by which crotonaldehyde and higher aldehydes are formed. The aldol condensation of formaldehyde with acetaldehyde yields pentaerythritol. The Tischenko reaction of acetaldehyde with isobutylraldehyde yields a mixture of ethyl acetate, isobutyl acetate, and isobutyl isobutyrate. Pyridine and pyridine derivatives are produced from the reaction of acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Other derivatives of acetaldehyde include lactic acid, 1,3-butylene glycol, and chloral.

Acetaldehyde is available in North America in tank cars and tank trucks. For quantities less than a single tank truck, please contact Aldrich Chemical Company (800-213-1206) regarding their returnable container program.

Typical Properties

PropertyTypical Value, Units
     Pt-Co10 max.
Specific Gravity 
     @ 20°C/20°C0.78
Boiling Point21 °C
Freezing Point-123 °C
Flash Point 
     Tag Closed Cup-39 °C (-38 °F)
Assay99.7 wt % min.

Properties reported here are typical of average lots. Eastman makes no representation that the material in any particular shipment will conform exactly to the values given.

Eastman and its marketing affiliates shall not be responsible for the use of this information, or of any product, method, or apparatus mentioned, and you must make your own determination of its suitability and completeness for your own use, for the protection of the environment, and for the health and safety of your employees and purchasers of your products. No warranty is made of the merchantability of fitness of any product, and nothing herein waives any of the Seller's conditions of sale.

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