Butyl acrylate is a clear and colourless flammable liquid with a sharp fruity odour. It is miscible with a wide range of organic solvents. It polymerizes readily and is used in the manufacturing of polymers and as a feedstock for a variety of syntheses. It can exhibit a wide range of properties, depending on the monomer and reaction conditions selected.
Synonyms: 2-Propenoic Acid, Butyl Ester, Acrylic Acid n-Butyl Ester, 1-butylacrylate; t-butyl acrylate; acrylatedebutyle; butyl-2-acrylate; butyl propenoate; n-butyl propenoate; acrylic acid butyl
Applications of Butyl Acrylate
Butyl acrylate is used in the formation of homopolymers and copolymers such as acrylic acid and its salts, amides, esters, methacrylates, acrylonitrile,maleates, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, vinylidene chloride, styrene, butadiene, unsaturated polyesters and drying oils. It is a useful feedstock for chemical syntheses because it readily undergoes addition reactions with a wide range of organic and inorganic compounds.
Butyl acrylate is used in a number of end products such as construction adhesives, textile and adhesive resins, surface coatings, paints, plastics and woven and non-woven textiles. In latex paint formulations it offers low temperature flexibility, good weathering, water and sunlight resistance.
Storage and Handling
Butyl Acrylate is highly flammable and must be kept away from heat and sources of ignition. Contact with the liquid causes skin and eye irritation and its vapour is an irritant when inhaled in high concentrations.
Butyl Acrylate must contain a stabilizer and should be stored under air rather than inert gases to prevent polymerization. Storage temperature must not exceed 35°C. Provided these storage conditions are properly maintained, the product can be expected to remain stable for a period of one year.
The product must be stored, handled, distributed and disposed of in strict accordance with national laws and directives, as well as any applicable local regulations. Ensure the container is tightly closed. More detailed information is available in the brochure ‘SAFE HANDLING AND STORAGE OF ACRYLIC ESTERS’, from the European Basic Acrylic Monomers Manufacturers Association (EBAM).