Acetic acid, also known by the common name ethanoic acid, has a molecular formula of CH3COOH. It is a weak monoprotic acid that is able to lose a proton from its acid functional group (-COOH) readily and produce a conjugate base, acetate anion. Acetic acid is also a polar protic solvent as it dissolves readily and is miscible in other polar solvents such as water. However, its polar nature makes it insoluble and immiscible in non-polar solvents such as octane. Using acetic acid as a starting reagent, it readily forms other organic reagents such as acetyl chloride and ethanol through substitution and reduction reactions respectively. While glacial acetic acid is the undiluted form of acetic acid.
Acetic acid is sometimes associated with vinegar since the main component of vinegar is acetic acid which is mainly used as a flavoring for culinary purposes. As the second simplest carboxylic acid derivative after formic acid, acetic acid has a wide range of applications for both industrial and household purposes. Not only well-known to be associated with vinegar but also acetic acid is critical to be used both as a raw material and common organic solvents used in polymer and other industries which mostly take advantage of acetic acid as a polar protic solvent. Tradeasia International as a global supplier of acetic acid provides you with acetic acid for your market solution. Get acetic acid in different grades, quantities, and packaging right now.