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 resin acrylic resins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

2-propenoic acid; vinyl formic acid; acroleic acid; propene acid; cido acrlico (Esp.); cido 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, 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, Irving Skeist, Handbook of Adhesives, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1977 Comment: p. 528

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