Acrylic acid

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A colorless, corrosive liquid that polymerizes readily in the presence of oxygen. Acrylic acid was first synthesized in 1843. It is used in the manufacture of acrylic resins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

2-propenoic acid; vinyl formic acid; acroleic acid; propene acid; ácido acrílico (Esp.); ácido 2-propenoico (Esp.)

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Miscible with water, ethanol and ether.

Composition H2C:CHCOOH
CAS 79-10-7
Melting Point 14
Density 1.0621
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 72.06
Boiling Point 141.0

Hazards and Safety

Irritating to eyes, nose and skin. Toxic by inhalation. Combustible.

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS


  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 10
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 132
  • Irving Skeist, Handbook of Adhesives, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1977 Comment: p. 528

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