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Ethyl acrylate

Ethyl acrylate[1][2]
IUPAC name Ethyl propenoate
Other names Acrylic acid ethyl ester
Ethyl propenoate
CAS number 140-88-5
RTECS number AT0700000
Molecular formula C5H8O2
Molar mass 100.11
Appearance Clear liquid
Density 0.9405 g/mL
Melting point

-71 °C

Boiling point

99.4 °C

Solubility in water Insoluble
NFPA 704
R-phrases R11 R20/21/22 R36/37/38 R43
S-phrases (S2) S9 S16 S33 S36/37
Flash point 15 °C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox disclaimer and references

Ethyl acrylate is an organic compound primarily used in the preparation of various polymers. It is a clear liquid with an acrid penetrating odor. Ethyl acrylate is a known carcinogen.



Ethyl acrylate can be prepared by several industrial methods. Acrylonitrile can be reacted with ethanol using sulfuric acid as a catalyst to produce ethyl acrylate. It may also be prepared from acetylene, carbon monoxide and ethanol.

Ethyl acrylate will readily polymerize upon standing and polymerization is accelerated by heat, light, and peroxides.


Ethyl acrylate is used in the production of polymers including resins, plastics, rubber, and denture material.[3]


Ethyl acrylate is a carcinogen and should be handled with extreme caution.[3] It can irritate the nose, throat and lungs. Ethyl acrylate is flammable and highly reactive.


  1. ^ Merck Index, 11th Edition, 3715.
  2. ^ Ethyl acrylate Datasheet at
  3. ^ a b Ethyl acrylate Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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