We see MA used in the production of paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, thermoplastic resins, chemical synthesis, and additives.
MA is often used in copolymers to achieve a desired balance of hardness, softness, tack, flexibility, and strength properties. When used as a comonomer in polymerization with other (meth)acrylic and vinyl monomers, MA offers the following attributes in the associated copolymer:
The rich diversity of applications for methyl acrylate in homo- and copolymers include:
Acrylic and vinyl acrylic copolymers for paints and coatings, adhesives, inks, and more.
Poly(methyl acrylate-co-methacrylic acid) used in rheology modifiers.
Poly(methyl acrylate) rubber and gum thickeners.
Poly(ethylene-co-methyl acrylate) (EMA) thermoplastics for film and adhesives.
Poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl acrylates) for processable fibers and films.
Poly(methyl acrylate) (PMA) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) differ significantly in their properties. With a Tg of +10 °C, PMA is a soft, tough, rubbery material at room temperature. PMMA, on the other hand, with a Tg of 105 °C (atactic), is a strong, hard, clear plastic material often used as shatter-resistant glassing.
Methyl acrylate hazards include skin sensitization, eye irritation, inhalation, flammability, and the potential for uncontrolled and rapid polymerization. However, the chemical industry has handled MA safely for more than 80 years, and when properly inhibited, MA is stable under the recommended storage conditions.
The following principles must drive the handling and polymerization of MA:
Gantrade’s Safety Data Sheet for MA contains up-to-date information on all concerns relevant to safety, handling, storage, and industrial hygiene.
The purity of Gantrade’s MA is greater than 99.5 percent. Our methyl acrylate contains 15 ± 5 ppm of MEHQ inhibitor.
If you are looking to purchase high-purity methyl acrylate, Gantrade Corporation markets this monomer in 20 MT (44,000 lbs.) ISO Tanks and in 200 Kg. (441 lbs.) factory-sealed drums for industrial use only. At Gantrade, we offer a broad line of high-quality acrylic and vinyl monomers, supported by knowledgeable professionals. Contact us today to discuss your needs for MA and other chemical products.