The primary use of methyl methacrylate is the production of acrylic plastics and resins (trade names are Lucite, Plexiglas and Perspex) for sheeting and molding compounds. These are used in construction, automotive, consumer products and in making signs. It (methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene, MBS) is used as an impact modifier in PVC for bottles. It is also used in exterior latex housepaint, and impregnating pulp paper and wood.
Substance name: Methyl methacrylate
CASR number: 80-62-6
Molecular formula: C5H8O2
Synonyms: Methacrylic Acid; Methyl 2-Methyl-2-Propenate;MME; MMA; 2-methylacrylic acid methyl ester; methyl methylacrylate; methyl alpha-methylacrylate; methyl 2-methylpropenoate
Methyl methacrylate is a colourless liquid with an acrid fruity odour.
Melting Point: -48°C
Boiling Point: 100°C
Vapour Density: 3.45
Specific Gravity: 0.943
Methyl methacrylate is a flammable liquid. It is slightly soluble in water and is soluble in some organic solvents.
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) holds data for all sources of methyl methacrylate ketone emissions in Australia.
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