Isoamyl acetate

Protocols evaluated by Rita C. C. Duarte, on 2014 / 08

Product applications

Isoamyl acetate is used as a solvent for old oil colors, varnishes, camphor, lacquers, resins,1,2 in surface coatings, electronics, pharmaceuticals, leather treatments3 and agrochemicals;3,4 in the production of bath sponges, artificial silk, leather or pearls, photographic films, waterproof varnishes, bronzing liquids and metallic paints; in dyeing and finishing textiles.1 It is also used to confer flavor in foods1-6 and to improve the smell of perfumes, shoe polish, etc;1-3,6 to attract groups of honeybees.2,3,5 It can be used to test gas masks.1



(1) The Merck Index, (accessed April 2013).

(2) American Chemical Society, (accessed May 2013).

(3) The Dow Chemical Company, (accessed May 2013).

(4) Callaway, T.; Prazak, A.; Edrington, T.; Anderson, R.; Nisbet, D. Isoamyl Acetate as a Method to Reduce Pathogens and Methane Production in Cattle Prior to Harvest. J. Anim. Sci. 200689 (Suppl. 1), 251.

(5) MP Biomedicals, (accessed May 2013).

(6) Chemoxy, (accessed December 2015).