A colorless, acrid smelling liquid primarily used as a monomer for the production as acrylic polymers. Ethyl acrylate self-polymerizes at room temperature and occurs more rapidly with the aid of elevated temperatures, light, or peroxides. Polyethyl acrylate is a transparent, slightly elastic resin that is resistant to most solvents. Ethyl acrylate monomer is used in water Emulsion paints and for coatings on textiles, Paper, and Leather.
Synonyms and Related Terms
2-propenoic acid ethyl ester; acrylic acid ethyl ester; acrilato de etilo (Esp.); 2-propenoato de etilo (Esp.); acrylate d'éthyle (Fr.); etil acrilato (It.); acrilato de etilo (Port.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in ethanol, ether.
|Melting Point||-72 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 100.1|
|Boiling Point||99.4 C|
Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. Skin contact will cause irritation. Suspected carcinogen. Flammable. Flash point = 9C
Resources and Citations
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 3805
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993