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Methyl methacrylate is used as a monomer in the manufacturing of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). It is also used in the manufacturing of the co-polymer methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene (MBS), which is a modifier for polyvinyl chloride. It plays an important role as the cement used in total hip replacements as well as total knee replacements. It is also involved in the preparation of other methacrylates viz. ethyl methacrylate (EMA), butyl methacrylate (BMA) and 2-ethyl hexyl methacrylate (2-EHMA) and methacrylic acid (MAA), which finds application as an intermediate in the manufacture of coating polymers and textile applications.
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Biswas, M.; Libera, J. A.; Darling, S. B.; Elam, J. W. Kinetics for the Sequential Infiltration Synthesis of Alumina in Poly(methyl methacrylate): An Infrared Spectroscopic Study. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119 (26), 14585-14592.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H225-H315-H317-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Causes skin irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May cause respiratory irritation.
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.