ReAgent can manufacture and supply Acetic Acid Glacial for general use in 2.5L, 25L or 200L containers. Discounts are available for bulk buyers.
Pungent Vinegar-Like Smell
Glacial acetic acid refers to an undiluted solution of acetic acid (CH3COOH). Acetic acid is also known as ethanoic acid or ethylic acid. It’s a clear liquid, with a pungent vinegar-like smell. It can dissolve both non-polar compounds, as well as polar compounds, such as salts and inorganic sugars. It mixes well with polar and non-polar solvents, including chloroform, hexane and water.
From a chemical point of view, it’s considered a weak acid, due to the release of protons (H) into solution. For example, vinegar (containing approximately 8% acetic acid in volume) has a pH between 2.5 and 4.
One of acetic acid’s most well-known reactions is the popular reaction between vinegar (containing acetic acid) and baking soda (NaHCO3). The reaction produces metal acetate, carbon dioxide and water in such an explosive fashion that has become every student’s favourite in chemistry lessons.
Acetic acid also reacts with zinc, iron and magnesium, being considered a mild corrosive agent for these chemicals. For this reason, for large volumes, it’s usually stored in aluminium tanks or glass containers for smaller volumes. You can find more details about what safety procedures to follow in the Material Safety Data Sheet.
What We Offer
If you’re looking to buy Glacial Acetic Acid (General use), then you’re in the right place. As one of the UK leading chemical suppliers, we are proud to supply Acetic Acid in various forms and concentrations, for general or laboratory use. Get in touch if you need to ask us for a quote or technical advice. Our customer team is always willing to answer all your questions.
Maximum Limits of Impurities
Non Volatile Matter
Hazard Statement Code
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
Flammable liquid and vapour.
Precautionary Statement Code
Do not breathe vapour/ spray.
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Immediately call a POISON CENTER/ doctor.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
ReAgent are leading acetic acid suppliers, offering top-grade product in a variety of sizes:
Discounts are available for bulk orders over 4 items. Other products we supply include glacial acetic acid for analytical and laboratory use, as well as various solutions ranging from 5% to 80% acetic acid. As holders of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard, all of our products come with a 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours.
Other Uses and Names for Acetic Acid
Also known as ethanoic acid, acetic acid is the simplest carboxylic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It is a colourless solution with a characteristic sour smell and taste. While it is classified as a weak acid, it can still attack the skin in concentrated solutions and should be handled with care. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for acetic acid is also available to download from our website.
The most well-known use of acetic acid is as an ingredient in vinegar, where its concentration is around 8-10%. In addition, synthetic forms of acetic acid have many other industrial applications. Examples include the production of cellulose acetate, which is used in photographic film, and various synthetic fabrics.
The Early History of Acetic Acid
Vinegar was discovered early in civilisation as the result of the bacterial fermentation of wine. By the 3rd century BC, acetic acid was already a common ingredient in many concoctions formulated by alchemists. The first reactions included the production of several pigments used by artists. These included white (lead carbonate) and green (copper(II) acetate).
However, it took many centuries for researchers to develop ways to distil and purify acetic acid from metal acetates, in particular copper(II) acetate. Finally, in 1845, chemist Hermann Kolbe successfully synthesised acetic acid for the first time, starting from inorganic compounds.
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When you buy acetic acid from us, you're buying from a business you can trust. As a leading UK chemical manufacturers, ReAgent is extremely proud of our reputation built over 40 years. Many of our customers opt for the easiness of buying online, but our customer service team is always willing to help with your queries. Simply call us for a quote or technical question.