Methyl Isobutyl Ketone is a colorless liquid with a mild pleasant odor.

  • CAS #: 108-10-1
  • EINECS #: 203-550-1
  • Synonyms: 4-Methyl-2-Pentaone; Hexanone; MIBK
  • Formula: C6H12O


MIBK is a both medium-boiling and medium evaporating solvent. MIBK is a ketone.


Methyl Isobutyl Ketone is most commonly used as a solvent. MIBK has very low solubility in water thus making it ideal for liquid-liquid extraction. It can also be used to extract gold, silver, and other precious metals.  The other applications for MIBK include gums, paints, coatings, lacquers and nitrocellulose.

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