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Isobutyric acid is used to prepare esters for flavors and perfumes. It is also used as a disinfecting agent, preservative and tanning agent. It finds applications in textile, varnish and the leather industry. Further, it is used as a lactation stimulant in dairy cattle. In addition to this, it is used in the preparation of tetramethylsuccinic acid and diisopropyl ketone.
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Luo, L.; Liu, D.; Li, L.; Chen, Y. Phase equilibria of (water + propionic acid or butyric acid + 2-methoxy-2-methylpropane) ternary systems at 298.2 K and 323.2 K. Fluid Phase Equilib. 2015, 403, 30-35.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H312
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P280-P240-P241-P303+P361+P353-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.