Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure


Acetone with the molecular formula \(CH_ {3} {2}CO\) is a universal, colourless, volatile, flammable organic solvent. It is the smallest and shortest ketone, also known as propanone or dimethyl ketone. In homes, industrial operations, and labs, acetone is routinely useful for washing. It is also useful as an industrial solvent. Acetone is water-mixable and acts in its own right, in manufacturing, house, and laboratory, as an essential organic solvent.

In organic chemistry, it is a common building block. Acetone is a derivative of propylene directly or indirectly. Acetone is present in plants naturally and as a result of the metabolism of animals. In the Baeyer-Drewson Indigo synthesis reaction as a reagent during which the formation of indigos proceeds to acetone, pyruvic acid, or acetaldehyde by an Aldol reaction, q.v., of o-nitrobenzaldehydes.



Production of Acetone

Previously, the dry distillation of acetates, e.g., calcium acetate in ketonic decarboxylation, produces acetone. After that time, acetone is formed using the fermentation of acetone-butanol-ethanol with Clostridium acetobutylicum bacteria, during the First World whose credit goes to Chaim Weizmann (later Israel’s first president) to assist the British war effort in the preparation process. When newer methods with better yields were discovered, this acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation was burnt down.

Approximately 83% of acetone is generating in the cumene process, resulting in the processing of acetone. Benzene is alkylated with propylene to generate cumene in the cumene process to produce phenol and acetone. The procedure of the cumene process is very costly since the raw materials and additional separation equipment are needed to isolate acetone from several different materials. 

\(C_ {6}H_ {6} + C_ {3}H_ {6} \rightarrow C_ {9}H_ {12}\)

\(C_ {9}H_ {12} + O_ {2} \rightarrow CH_ {3} {2}CO + C_ {6}H_ {6}O\)

The method consists of the decomposition of isopropyl for water  \(H_ {2}O\) as a catalyst, alcohol \(C_ {3}H_ {8}O\) does not react with water. Alcohol and isopropyl, together, isopropyl alcohol \(C_ {3}H_ {8}O\) and water \(H_ {2}O\) join the reaction at 298 K (25 ° C) at 101,325 kPa (1 bar). In all cases, the reaction is endothermic. The heat is supply to the Flow Reactor of the Plug (PFR) via hot water at a temperature of 700 K, supplied with hot water from a fired heater. The Acetone \(C_{3}H_{6}O\) and hydrogen materials result from this reaction and the number of acetone extracts at 63346 kilomol per hr. The equipment’s which are useful in this process are:

  • Heat Exchanger
  • Reactor
  • Distillation Column 1
  • Condenser 1
  • Boiler
  • Refrigeration Unit
  • Waste Stream


  1. Solvent – For many plastics and synthetic fibres, acetone acts as a good solvent. Acetone is useful before being hardened for thinning polyester resin, the cleaning equipment, and for melting epoxies and superglues. It is useful as a heavy-duty degreaser in the manufacture of metal before painting.
  2. Chemical Intermediate – For synthesizing methyl methacrylate, acetone is useful. In synthesizing bisphenol, A, the next big application of acetone is. Millions of kilos of acetone are useful in the manufacture of methyl isobutyl alcohol and methyl isobutyl ketone solvents.
  3. Medical & Cosmetic Usage – In different medical and cosmetic products, acetone is useful. It is also in use in food additives, food containers, and nail polish removers as a compound. In alcohol-based dermatologists to treat acne. In chemical peeling, acetone is one of the major components.
  4. Laboratory – Acetone in the form of polar and aprotic solvent is useful in various chemical reactions in laboratories. The oxidation reaction of jones also involves the use of acetone as a solvent. Due to its low cost and volatility, acetone is widely in use as a solvent for cleaning off lab glassware. When under ultraviolet light, acetone provides fluorescent reflection, which is why the vapour can be used as a tracer.
  5. Domestic and other uses – Acetone is a fundamental component of the remover for nail polish. It is useful for the removal of superglue and it also eliminates glass and porcelain residues quickly. Makeup professionals use it for the removal of skin adhesives. Acetone and ABS plastic are useful as vapour polishing agents in the printing of objects on 3D printed structures.

In the Jones oxidation reaction, the respective oxidation mechanism of primary and secondary alcohols to acids and ketones occurs. The reaction continues, in the presence of chromic acid, aqueous sulfuric acid, and acetone. To counter epileptic attacks in infants and children suffering from refractory epilepsy, ketogenic diets which include acetone have the main component that increases the ketone bodies (acetone, β-hydroxybutyric acid, and acetoacetic acid) in the blood.


Its extreme flammability is the most harmful property of acetone. Acetone burns in glowing neon sparks. Air mixtures of between 2.5 and 12.8 per cent acetone, by volume, will combust or cause a flash fire at temperatures greater than the flashpoint of acetone of −20 °C (−4 °F).

Vapours may flow to distant ignition sources along surfaces and flashbacks. Static discharge may also ignite acetone vapours, but acetone has a very high energy point of initiation of combustion and accidental ignition is therefore uncommon. Due to the high vapour content and the freezing effect of evaporation of the liquid, even pouring or spraying acetone over red-glowing coal would not ignite it. It ignites spontaneously at 869 °F (465 °C).

Auto-ignition temperature is also dependent on the time of exposure, so it is quoted as 525 ° C in some studies. A small volume of water that prevents combustion produces industrial acetone.

Acetone forms acetone peroxide as a by-product when oxidized, and is a very unstable, key high explosive drug. If basic precautions are taken, there is no clear indication of chronic health consequences. If inhaled, it causes have low acute and chronic toxicity.

FAQs about Acetone

Q.1 Write the physical properties of acetone?

Ans. The properties of acetone are:

  1. The melting point of acetone is -94.8 degrees Celsius.
  2. The boiling point of acetone is -56.05 degrees Celsius.
  3. It has a fruity, pungent, and also irritating odour.
  4. It is miscible with water, benzene, methanol, chloroform, etc.
  5. Acetone has a refractive index of 1.35 nD.
  6. It has a molecular weight of 58.08 g/mol.

Q.2 What is pure acetone?

Ans. A pure chemical compound is a chemical substance in chemistry that only contains one substance and a specific set of molecules or ions. Pure acetone only contains acetone molecules or ions.

Q.3 Explain keto-enol tautomerism exhibited by acetone?

Ans. Acetone exhibits keto-enol tautomerism, as is the case with most ketones, in which the ‘keto’ structure CH32C= O is in equilibrium with the structure of the enol \(CH_ {3} C(OH)= CH_ {2}\). Just 0.00000024 per cent of the molecules are at room temperature in the form of enol in acetone vapour.

Q.4 Explain the environmental effects of acetone?

Ans While acetone occurs naturally in plants, trees, volcanic gases, forest fires, and as a result of body fat breakdown, most of the acetone releases into the environment is of industrial origin. Acetone, even from water and soil, evaporates quickly.

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