Methyl acrylate is a volatile alpha beta unsubstituted methyl ester used in the preparation of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers typically by addition with a primary amine.
Acrylates and methacrylates (the salts and esters of methacrylic acid) are common monomers in polymer plastics, forming the acrylate polymers. Acrylates easily form polymers because the double bonds are very reactive. Acrylates are the salts and esters of acrylic acid. They are also known as propenoates (since acrylic acid is also known as 2-propenoic acid). Acrylates contain vinyl groups, that is, two carbon atoms double bonded to each other, directly attached to the carbonyl carbon. Acrylate has been suggested to be used by marine phytoplankton as a poisonous defense against predators such as protozoa. When attacked, DMSP lyase breaks down DMSP into DMS (g) and acrylate.
Methyl acrylate can be used as a co-polymer in the process of polymerisation of PAC polymers, to reduce the glass transition temperature of PAC polymers.
Methyl acrylate is also a reagent used in the synthesis of remi-fentanil.