Methyl acrylate

Methyl acrylate structural formula

Structural formula

Business number 02AZ
Molecular formula C4H6O2
Molecular weight 86.09

2-Methyl acrylate,

Acrylic acid methyl ester,

Methyl propenoate,


aliphatic compounds

Numbering system

CAS number:96-33-3

MDL number:MFCD00008627

EINECS number:202-500-6

RTECS number:AT2800000

BRN number:605396

PubChem number:24887055

Physical property data

1. Properties: colorless and transparent liquid with spicy smell. [1]

2. Melting point (℃): -76.5[2]

3. Boiling point (℃): 80.5[3]

4. Relative density (water = 1): 0.95[4]

5. Relative vapor Density (air=1): 2.97[5]

6. Saturated vapor pressure (kPa): 9.1 (20℃)[6]

7. Heat of combustion (kJ/mol): -2102[7]

8. Critical temperature (℃): 263[8]

9. Critical pressure (MPa): 4.3[9]

10. Octanol/water partition coefficient: 0.8 [10]

11. Flash point (℃): -3 (OC) [11]

12. Ignition temperature ( ℃): 468[12]

13. Explosion upper limit (%): 25.0[13]

14. Explosion Lower limit (%): 2.8[14]

15. Solubility: Slightly soluble in water, easily soluble in ethanol, ether, acetone, and benzene. [15]

16. Flash point (ºC, closed): -3

17. Flash point (ºC, open): 6

18. Vapor pressure (kPa, 0ºC): 4.2

19. Vapor pressure (kPa, 20ºC): 9.3

20. Vapor pressure (kPa, 50ºC): 35.9

21. Heat of vaporization (KJ/mol): 33.2

22. Viscosity (mPa·s, 20ºC): 0.53

23. Viscosity (mPa ·s, 25ºC): 0.49

24. Refractive index at room temperature (n25): 1.4003

25. Solubility parameter (J·cm-3)0.5: 19.022

26. van der Waals area (cm2·mol-1): 7.260×109

27. van der Waals volume (cm3·mol-1) : 49.280

28. Gas phase standard combustion heat (enthalpy) (kJ·mol-1): -2098.57

29. Gas phase standard claimed heat (enthalpy) )(kJ·mol-1): -333.00

30. Liquid phase standard combustion heat (enthalpy) (kJ·mol-1): -2069.36

31. Liquid phase standard claimed heat (enthalpy) (kJ·mol-1): -362.21

32. Liquid phase standard hot melt (J·mol-1·K-1):160

Toxicological data

1. Acute toxicity[16]

LD50: 277mg/kg (rat oral); 827mg/kg (mouse oral Oral); 1243mg/kg (rabbit transdermal)

LC50: 1350ppm (rat inhalation, 4h)

2. Irritation [17]


Rabbit transdermal: 10g/kg, causing irritation (open stimulation test).

Rabbit eye: 150mg, causing irritation.

3. Subacute and chronic toxicity[18]  Mice inhaled 125ppm vapor, 4 hours a day, for a total of 14 days, and 3 out of 6 animals died.

4. Mutagenicity [19] Micronucleus test: mouse lymphocytes 2202mg/L. Sister chromatid exchange: Hamster ovary 1500mg/L. Cytogenetic analysis: hamster lung 6500 μg/L.

5. Carcinogenicity [20] IARC Carcinogenicity Comment: G3, insufficient evidence of carcinogenicity to humans and animals.

6. Others[21] The lowest inhalation toxic concentration in rats (TCLo): 109g/m3 (17min ) (6th to 15th day of pregnancy), causing embryotoxicity and abnormal musculoskeletal development.

Ecological data

1. Ecotoxicity[22]

LC50: 7.5mg/L (48h) (Yaro fish); 4.9mg /L (72h) (goldfish)

EC50: 3.6mg/L (24h), 2.2mg/L (48h) (Daphnia); 15mg/L (72h) (Scenedesmus)

2. Biodegradability[23]

Aerobic biodegradation (h): 24~168

Anaerobic biodegradation (h): 96~672

3. Non-biodegradability[24]

Air Medium photooxidation half-life (h): 2.7~27

First-level hydrolysis half-life (h): 24700

Molecular structure data

1. Molar refractive index: 22.08

2. Molar volume (cm3/mol): 93.1

3. Isotonic specific volume (90.2K ): 205.0

4. Surface tension (dyne/cm): 23.4

5. Polarizability (10-24cm3): 8.75

Compute chemical data

1. Reference value for hydrophobic parameter calculation (XlogP): None

2. Number of hydrogen bond donors: 0

3. Number of hydrogen bond acceptors: 2

4. Number of rotatable chemical bonds: 2

5. Number of tautomers: none

6. Topological molecule polar surface area 26.3

7. Number of heavy atoms: 6

8. Surface charge: 0

9. Complexity: 65.9

10. Number of isotope atoms: 0

11. Determine the number of atomic stereocenters: 0

12. Uncertain number of atomic stereocenters: 0

13. Determine the number of chemical bond stereocenters: 0

14. Number of uncertain chemical bond stereocenters: 0

15. Number of covalent bond units: 1

Properties and stability

1. Methyl acrylate does not polymerize below 10°C, but polymerization easily occurs above 10°C. Light, heat, peroxide, etc. will accelerate polymerization. Hydroquinone or 4-methoxyphenol is usually added as polymerization inhibitor.

2. Methyl acrylate is moderately toxic, has strong irritating and corrosive effects on eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, and can be absorbed through the skin and cause poisoning. The oral LD50 in rats is 300 mg/kg. Rabbit oral administration LD50280mg/kg. Symptoms of chronic poisoning include headache, drowsiness, spasms of hands and feet, etc. The maximum allowable concentration in the workplace is 35 mg/m3. Ventilation should be enhanced in the operating area. Operators should wear protective equipment such as rubber gloves, masks, and protective clothing. If poisoning occurs, you should immediately move to a well-ventilated place to rest, and take glucose and vitamins B, C, etc.

3. Stability[25] Stable

4. Incompatible substances[26] Acids, alkalis, strong oxidants

5. Conditions to avoid contact[27] Heating, contact with air

6. Aggregation hazards[28] Aggregation

Storage method

1. Storage precautions[29] Generally, products contain polymerization inhibitors. Store in a cool, ventilated warehouse. Keep away from fire and heat sources. The storage temperature should not exceed 37℃. The packaging must be sealed and must not come into contact with air. They should be stored separately from oxidants, acids, and alkalis, and avoid mixed storage. It should not be stored in large quantities or for long periods of time. Use explosion-proof lighting and ventilation facilities. It is prohibited to use mechanical equipment and tools that are prone to sparks. The storage area should be equipped with emergency spill treatment equipment and suitable containment materials.

2. Packed in galvanized iron drum. It should be stored separately, protected from direct sunlight, and the storage temperature should be <21°C. A polymerization inhibitor should be added for long-term storage and transportation. Pay attention to fire prevention. Store and transport according to regulations on flammable products.

Synthesis method

The production methods of propylene methyl ester include: acrylonitrile hydrolysis method, propylene direct oxidation method and ketene method.

1. Acrylonitrile hydrolysis method uses acrylonitrile as raw material and hydrolyzes it in the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid. The hydrolyzed acrylamide sulfate reacts with methanol to obtain methyl acrylate. Methyl acrylate produced by the acrylonitrile hydration method consumes 860kg of acrylonitrile (98%), 960kg of methanol (95%), and 2000kg of sulfuric acid (93%) per ton of product.

2. Propylene direct oxidation method Using propylene as raw material, the first step is to oxidize acrolein and then oxidize it into acrylic acid. Acrylic acid reacts with methanol to form methyl acrylate. Methyl acrylate is produced by direct oxidation of propylene, consuming 544kg of propylene (95%) per ton of product.

3. Ketone method ketene It is condensed with formaldehyde using boron trifluoride as a catalyst, then quenched with methanol, and simultaneously esterified to generate methyl acrylate.

4. Esterification of acrylic acid and methanol LawAdd acrylic acid, methanol, and expandable graphite to the flat-bottomed flask in sequence. The ratio of acrylic acid to methanol is 1.15:1. Connect the water separator and reflux condenser, place it on a magnetic heating stirrer to heat and stir, wait for a period of reaction, and then cool. Calculate the yield using the saponification method (neutralize the remaining acrylic acid with alkali solution, then add a quantitative KOH solution for saponification, and then titrate the excess KOH with a standard HCl solution to calculate the ester yield). At the same time, the ester is separated, the reaction liquid is distilled, and the 65-95°C fraction is collected to obtain the crude product. Wash with 5% NaCO3 solution until neutral, wash twice with saturated NaCl solution, dry with anhydrous NaSO4 and then distill. Collect the 72-74°C fraction to obtain the product.

5. Improved Raper method The improved Raper method is the Romhas method and the Daubatis method. The former mainly uses gaseous carbon monoxide to replace 80% of the carbon monoxide in nickel carbonyl; the latter is also called the high-pressure Raper method, which mainly uses tetrahydrofuran as the solvent.
①Improved Raper method. After the reaction of this method starts, carbon monoxide reacts with acetylene and alcohol to form acrylate. The introduced carbon monoxide replaces the carbon monoxide in nickel carbonyl, which can reduce the regeneration of nickel carbonyl and the recovery of nickel. The solvent for the reaction is alcohol. The reaction temperature is 30~50℃, the pressure is 0.1~0.2MPa, the ratio of acetylene to carbon monoxide is (1.01~1.10):1 (molar ratio), the ratio of methanol to total carbon monoxide is (1.1~3):1 (molar ratio) ). The amount of acid is maintained at 80% to 99% (molar ratio) of nickel carbonyl to inhibit the generation of chloropropionic acid. The characteristic of this method is that it operates under normal pressure and the equipment is easy to solve, but it still needs to prepare the toxic nickel carbonyl.
②High pressure Raper method. Using tetrahydrofuran as the solvent, palladium chloride as the catalyst, and copper chloride as the accelerator, the reaction is carried out at 200 to 225°C and 8.11 to 10.13MPa. The unreacted acetylene gas at the top of the reactor is recycled after washing away the acrylic acid. The acrylic acid and tetrahydrofuran solution at the bottom of the reactor is evaporated to obtain acrylic acid after the tetrahydrofuran is evaporated. The yield of acrylic acid is about 90% based on acetylene and about 85% based on carbon monoxide. Then acrylic acid is esterified with methanol in sulfuric acid or ion exchange resin medium to obtain methyl acrylate. For example, when producing higher esters above butyl ester, an acidic catalyst is used for continuous esterification; when producing ethyl acrylate, an ion exchange resin is used as a catalyst to obtain acrylate. The characteristics of this method are: using tetrahydrofuran as the solvent, the acetylene required for the reaction is first dissolved in tetrahydrofuran, which can reduce the risk of high-pressure treatment of acetylene. At the same time, nickel carbonyl is not needed and only nickel salt is used as the catalyst. However, the operating pressure of this method is high, so the equipment material requirements are high.


1. The second monomer and adhesive used for polyacrylonitrile fiber. Acrylic fiber raw materials, coatings, plastics, resins.

2. It is an organic synthesis intermediate and a monomer of high molecular polymers, used in the manufacture of acrylic or acrylic ester solvent-based adhesives and emulsion-based adhesives. It is the second monomer of polyacrylonitrile fiber (acrylic fiber). It is a polymer obtained by copolymerizing with styrene, methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate, etc. It is widely used as adhesives, coatings, leather and paper processing aids. wait.

3. This product is an important organic synthesis monomer and raw material. This product is the second monomer of polyacrylonitrile fiber (acrylic fiber); it can be used as plastics and adhesives; the emulsion copolymerized with butyl acrylate can well improve the quality of leather, making it soft, bright and wear-resistant. Widely used in leather industry and pharmaceutical industry.

4. Used as a monomer for synthetic polymers, the second monomer for polyacrylonitrile fibers, adhesives, etc. [30]


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