Acetone

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Matt Hardie
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Discovered by Chaim Weizman a russian
scientist during WWI by preforming the
fermentation of glucose
Which produced a sugar with 6 carbon atoms
which was the creation of acetone
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Acetone is naturally produced in the body
during certain metabolic processes
It is naturally occurring after an event like a
forest fire, exhaust from a vehicles and
burning waste, etc.
Acetone is synthesized and used in nail
polish remover, plastics, paint, adhesives,
inks and resins
It is the building block in organic chemistry
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The synthesis of acetone changed during
WWII as is was industrialised for the war to
make cordite which was a compound very
similar to gun powder
It became a very popular substance in labs
after the war and is now used in the creation
of many different every day items
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Direct- paint, nail polish removers, plastics,
adhesives, inks and resins
Indirect- used to synthesize methyl
methacrylate and may other compounds, it is
used as a solvent in many substances
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High levels of exposure can cause death,
comas, seizures, respiratory damage, kidneys
and the skin inside your mouth can be
damaged
Mid exposure can cause irritation to the eyes,
nose, mouth, tongue, headaches and in some
cases intoxication.
Some indirect risks include smoking
cigarettes or breathing in second hand
smoke.
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To manage the risks work in a ventilated
area, wear face masks, eyewear and gloves
The most similar alternatives would be ethyl
acetate or hydrogen peroxide which would
have less effects on workers.
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Chem Spider
http://www.chemspider.com/ChemicalStructure.175.html
Tox Town
http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/che
micals.php?id=1
The CCOHS
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/
chem_profiles/acetone.html
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