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A non-comedogenic solvent called acetone is occasionally used in skin toners. The main application for it is in nail polish remover. Depending on the concentration and usage frequency, it may be quite drying and irritant to the skin.


CH3COCH3 or Acetone (CH)CO is a synthetic substance that is also naturally present in the environment. It is a tasteless, colorless liquid with a distinct odor. It is combustible, readily evaporates, and dissolves in water. It is also known as beta-ketopropane, 2-propanone, and dimethyl ketone. Plastic, fibers, medications, and other compounds are all made from acetone. Other substances can also be dissolved with it. It is a byproduct of the breakdown of body fat and is found naturally in plants, trees, volcanic gases, forest fires, and other organisms. It can be found in landfills, tobacco smoke, and automobile exhaust. Acetone is released into the environment more through industrial processes than through natural ones.


Acetone has a pleasant smell and is combustible and colorless. It is widely utilized in the chemical industry and as an organic solvent. It is also known as dimethyl ketone and is the most basic ketone (DMK). Because it was produced by the destructive distillation of acetates and acetic acid, acetone was formerly known as pyroacetic spirit.











Chemical formula







Molar mass



58.080 g/mol






Colourless liquid



Other names



·       Acetonum

·       Dimethyl ketone

·       Dimethyl carbonyl

·       Ketone propane

·       β-Ketopropane

·       Propanone

·       2-Propanone

·       Pyroacetic spirit (archaic)



Melting point



-94 °C



Boiling point



56 °C






0.791 g/mL





By distilling Lead(II) acetate, Andreas Libavius created acetone for the first time in 1606.


The empirical formula for acetone was established in 1832 by German and French chemists Justus von Liebig and Jean-Baptiste Dumas.


Antoine Bussy, a French scientist, gave acetone its name in 1833 by ending the stem of the homologous acid with "one" (viz, acetic acid).


By 1852, English chemist Alexander William Williamson and French chemist Charles Frédéric Gerhardt had come to the same conclusion that acetone was actually methyl acetyl.


 People also ask:

What is the name of CH3OCH3?

Methoxymethane, sometimes referred to as dimethyl ether (DME), is a chemical molecule with the formula CH3OCH3 (sometimes ambiguously simplified to C2H6O as it is an isomer of ethanol).

What is the functional group of CH3COCH3?

Ketone is the name of the functional group found in CH3COCH3. Propanone is the name of the substance.

Why is CH3OCH3 soluble in water?

CH3OCH3 is polar that can form hydrogen bonding attraction with O-H diploes in water which is more polar molecule.

How is CH3OCH3 formed?

Dehydration of methanol often results in the production of dimethyl ether (DME and CH3OCH3). Dimethyl ether is created directly from synthesis gas, which is somewhat more efficiently than methanol, thanks to the combination of the methanol production and dehydration processes in one reactor.

Is CH3OCH3 a hydrogen bond?

The answer is yes, CH3OCH3 a hydrogen bond

Is CH3OCH3 polar or nonpolar?

Methoxymethane has a dipole moment of 1.3 D. Consequently, we can state that CH3OCH3 has a mildly polar character.

Is CH3OCH3 an ether?

Yes it is Dimethyl ether