Methyl methacrylate

Methyl methacrylate
Methyl methacrylate
CAS number 80-62-6 YesY
ChemSpider 6406 YesY
UNII 196OC77688 YesY
KEGG C14527 N
RTECS number OZ5075000
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Molecular formula C5H8O2
Molar mass 100.12 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 0.94 g/cm³
Melting point

-48 °C, 225 K, -54 °F

Boiling point

101 °C, 374 K, 214 °F

Solubility in water 1.5 g/100 ml
Viscosity 0.6 cP at 20 °C
Dipole moment 1.6-1.97 D
MSDS External MSDS
Main hazards Flammable
Flash point 2 °C (36 °F)
435 °C (815 °F)
Supplementary data page
Structure and
n, εr, etc.
Phase behaviour
Solid, liquid, gas
Spectral data UV, IR, NMR, MS
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Methyl methacrylate is an organic compound with the formula CH2=C(CH3)COOCH3. This colourless liquid, the methyl ester of methacrylic acid (MAA) is a monomer produced on a large scale for the production of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA).



The compound is manufactured by several methods, the principal one being the acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) route, using acetone and hydrogen cyanide as raw materials. The intermediate cyanohydrin is converted with sulfuric acid to a sulfate ester of the methacrylamide, methanolysis of which gives ammonium bisulfate and MMA. Although widely used, the ACH route coproduces substantial amounts of ammonium sulfate. Some producers start with an isobutylene or, equivalently, tert-butanol, which is sequentially oxidized first to methacrolein and then to methacrylic acid, which is then esterified with methanol. Propene can be carbonylated in the presence of acids to isobutyric acid, which undergoes subsequent dehydrogenation.[1] The combined technologies afford more than 3 billion kilograms per year. MMA can also be prepared from methyl propionate and formaldehyde.[2]


The principal application, consuming approximately 80% of the MMA, is the manufacture of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used for the production of the co-polymer methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene (MBS), used as a modifier for PVC. Also used in fracture repair in small exotic animal species using internal fixation.


In 2010 the world experienced an MMA shortage, believed to be due to production facilities shutting down for economic reasons. One of the largest producers, Dow Chemical, surprised many purchasers when they announced a six month shut down of their plant that produced 60% of MMA.[3]

See also


  1. ^ William Bauer, Jr. "Methacrylic Acid and Derivatives" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2002, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. DOI: 10.1002/14356007.a16_441. Article Online Posting Date: June 15, 2000
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