What Is Ethyl Lactate?
Also known as lactic acid ethyl ester, ethyl lactate is a monobasic ester formed from lactic acid and ethanol, commonly used as a solvent. This compound is considered biodegradable and can be used as a water-risible degreaser. Ethyl lactate is found naturally in small quantities in a wide variety of foods including wine, chicken, and various fruits. The odor of ethyl lactate when dilute is mild, buttery, creamy, with hints of fruit and coconut.
Ethyl lactate is produced from biological sources and can be either the Levo (S) form or Dextro (R) form, depending on the organism that is the source of the lactic acid. The most biologically sourced ethyl lactate is ethyl (−)-L-lactate (ethyl (S)-lactate). Ethyl lactate is also produced industrially from petrochemical stocks, and this ethyl lactate consists of the racemic mixture of Levo and Dextro forms. In some jurisdictions, the natural product is exempt from many restrictions placed upon the use and disposal of solvents. Because both enantiomers are found in nature, and because ethyl lactate is easily biodegradable, it is considered to be a “green solvent.”
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Ideal Ethyl Lactate Uses:
Due to ethyl lactate’s look toxicity, it is commonly used in:
- Pharmaceutical Preparations
- Food Additives
- Solvent for nitrocellulose
- Solvent for cellulose
- Solvent for acetate
- Solvent for cellulose ethers