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Application Brief

Determination of BTEX in Industrial Vinyl Acetate

Introduction

Vinyl acetate, a colorless, organic compound is an important raw material for the chemical industry. It’s utilized for synthesis of polyvinyl acetate, used in paints and coatings and can be synthesized by the addition reaction of acetic acid and acetylene or the direct oxidation reaction of ethylene and acetic acid by oxygen. The purity of vinyl acetate influences the yield of the target product and high-purity raw materials can reduce the occurrence of unwanted side reactions. It is necessary to determine the organic impurities in vinyl acetate for industrial uses like for the petrochemicals industry. This study describes a simple, efficient and reliable method for determining benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-xylene, m-xylene, and p-xylene (BTEX) in industrial vinyl acetate for a petrochemical customer utilizing the PerkinElmer Clarus® SQ 8 GC/MS.