Ethyl acrylate

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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.)

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in ethanol, ether.

Composition CH2:CHCOOC2H5
CAS 140-88-5
Melting Point -72
Density 0.9405
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 100.1
Boiling Point 99.4

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. Skin contact will cause irritation. Suspected carcinogen. Flammable. Flash point = 9C

LINK: International Chemical Safety Card

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • 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

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