Acrylic acid is an unsaturated carboxylic acid. It reacts as a vinyl compound and as a carboxylic acid. It readily undergoes polymerization and addition reactions. It can be used as a carboxylic acid to produce acrylic esters, acrylamide, N-substituted acrylamides and acrylyl chloride by common methods.
- Able to form several homo and copolymers
- Homopolymers can be used e.g. as s thickeners, dispersing agents, flocculants, protective
- colloids for stabilizing emulsions
- Undergoes addition reactions with a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds