What is Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide?

What is Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide?

Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide is a clear, yellow liquid with a minty odor. It is an organic peroxide that is made from methyl ethyl ketone and hydrogen peroxide being reacted together. It is an extremely reactive chemical and a strong oxidizer, meaning it can explode or catch fire as soon as it comes into contact with other substances. While it is very reactive, there is no immediate reaction with air or water upon contact. It can be produced by reacting methyl ethyl ketone with hydrogen peroxide.

What is Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide Used For?

This chemical is extremely reactive and thus is not found in many everyday household products. However, it is fantastic for industrial and commercial use. Some uses include:

  • Curing polymer resins
  • Cross-linking agent
  • Catalyst in the production of polymers
  • Production of synthetic rubber
  • Production of paraffin wax
  • Manufacture of other chemical products
  • Printing materials
  • Paints
  • Coatings
  • Glue
  • Shoe and sporting goods manufacturing

Is Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide Safe?

This chemical is extremely reactive and is hazardous to humans. Vapors and ingestion of this product can cause harm to many different areas of the human body. It can be absorbed through the skin and can also be inhaled. If inhaled, it can damage the mucous membranes. This causes irritation to the nose, throat and lungs, which will cause coughing, shortness of breath and potentially bronchitis to develop. Skin allergies may occur if constant skin contact occurs. Constant contact and exposure can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

These hazards and effects can be prevented through the use of gloves, suits, proper footwear, headgear, splash-resistant goggles, and a face shield. While this chemical is dangerous to humans and should be treated with care, there are precautions to be taken in order to ensure the safety of those handling it.

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