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ethyl acrylate

Product name ethyl acrylate
Synonyms acrylic acid ethyl ester
GOST no data
CAS 140-88-5

Ethyl acrylate is clear , volatile liquid with characteristic strong smell; slightly soluble in water and complete soluble in alcohols, ethers and almost organic solvents; solubility in water at 25 °C is 6g/100g. To prevent its polymerization upon synthesis or storage methyl acrylate is inhibited with hydroquinone, p-tert-butylcatechol.


  • Direct esterification of acrylic acid (produced by propylene oxidation) with ethanol (catalysts - H2SO4, aromatic sulfo-acids or sulfo-cationites);
  • acrylonitrile hydrolysis with following esterification with ethanol.
  • Acetylene carbonylation in presence of ethanol:

    4C2H2 + 4C2H5OH + Ni(CO)4 + 2HCl --> 4CH2=CHCOOC2H5 + H2 + NiCl2


    Ethyl acrylate is a key ingredient in the production of polyethylmethacrylate (PEMA), ethylacrylate copolymers with methylmethacrylate, ethylene, acrylonitrile which are used in the manufacture of various plastics, coatings, adhesives, elastomers as well as floor polishes and paints.

  • Manufacturer(s) JSC Acrylat
    Chemical structure of ethyl acrylate

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