Acrylic acid and its esters are perhaps the most versatile monomers for improving performance characteristics of thousands of polymer formulations. They are flammable, reactive, volatile liquids based on an alpha-, beta-unsaturated carboxyl structure. Incorporation of varying percentages of acrylic monomers permits the production of thousands of formulations for latex and solution copolymers, copolymer plastics and cross-linkable polymer systems.
Their performance characteristics, which impart varying degrees of tackiness, durability, hardness and glass transition temperatures, promote consumption in many end-use applications. Major markets for acrylate esters include
- surface coatings
- water treatment