A colorless, nontoxic thermoplastic resin prepared by the polymerization of vinyl acetate. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAC or PVAc) was discovered in 1912 by Dr. Fritz Klatte in Germany. It is one of the most widely used water-dispersed resins. Polyvinyl acetate water-based emulsions are applied as a liquid, then hardens to a solid when the water evaporates or or is absorbed into a substrate. PVAC resins produce clear, hard films that have good weather resistance and withstand water, grease, oil, and petroleum fuels. Additional properties are high initial tack, almost invisible bond line, softening at 30-45C, good biodegradation resistance, poor resistance to creep under load, and low cost. PVAC can be further reacted to form the water-soluble polymer Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH).
Synonyms and Related Terms
PVAC; PVAc; PVA (incorrect but commonly used); poly(vinyl acetate); polyvinylacetate; poli(acetato de vinilo) (Esp.); acétate de polyvinyle (Fr.); polivinil acetato (It.); poliacetato de vinilo (Port.); vinyl emulsion; vinyl acetate plastic
Examples: Vinamul [Vinyl Products]; AYAT [Union Carbide]; Elmers® Glue-All [Borden]; Duratite White Glue [DAP]; Gelva® [Solutia]; Rivit Glue; Resin W; Polymer Tempera [Borden]; Vinavyl; Everflex BG [W.R.Grace & Co.]; Polyco [DAP]; Vinnapas [Wacker]; Mowilith [Hoechst]; polyvinylacetat (Deut.)
- Latex house paints, artists' media (since 1945)
- Common household water-based white glues
- Hot-melt adhesives, sealants, fabric finishing, plastic wood, and inks.
The polymer is considered stable but ombustible. The pH of aqueous emulsions is usually acidic. The monomer is flammable and reactive.
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
May release Acetic acid on curing, aging and deterioration. Susceptible to hydrolysis which can increase the amount of acid released as well as interfere with the adhesive function of the material. The amounts of acid released are variable and depend on the formulation.
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Soluble in benzene, chloroform, methanol, acetone, butyl acetate.
- Insoluble in ligroin, diethyl ether, butanol, turpentine, water, oils.
- Can absorb 3-5% water when immersed for 16 hours at 60 C.
- Burns with a dark yellow flame that smells of acetic acid.
- Composition : [-CH2CH(OOCCH3)-]n
- CAS : 9003-20-7
- Melting Point (Tg) = 30-45
- Density = 1.17-1.20
- Refractive Index = 1.46-1.47
Resources and Citations
- Contributions: Catherine Stephens, AIC Plastics Panel, 2020.
- A.E.Corey, P.M.Draghetti, J.Fantl, "Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsions and Polyvinyl Alcohol for Adhesives" in Handbook of Adhesives, I.Skeist (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1977, p.465-483.
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- Website address 1 Comment: www.nswpmith.com.au/historyofplastics.html .. vinyl acetate was discovered in Germany by Dr. Fritz Klatte in 1912 with patents for its preparation