Butyl acrylate is clear , volatile liquid with characteristic strong smell; slightly soluble in water and complete soluble in alcohols, ethers and almost organic solvents; To prevent its polymerization upon synthesis or storage methyl acrylate is inhibited with hydroquinone, catechol.
Direct esterification of acrylic acid (produced by propylene oxidation) with butyl alcohol (catalysts - H2SO4, aromatic sulfo-acids or sulfo-cationites);
interesterification of methyl acrylate with butanol;
Interaction of ethylene cyanohydrine with butanol in presence of H2SO4 and H2O
HOCH2CH2CN + C4H9OH --> HOCH2CH2COOC4H9 --> CH2=CHCOOC4H9
Butyl acrylate is used as a monomer in production of polybutylacrylates, acrylate rubbers and different copolymers.