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It is commonly used in organic synthesis. It undergoes vapor-phase aldol condensation with formaldehyde to form methyl methacrylate.
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Giancarlo Albanesi.; Pietro Moggi. Methyl methacrylate by gas phase catalytic condensation of formaldehyde with methyl propionate. Applied Catalysis. 1983, 6, (3), 293-306.
Hazard Statements: H225-H332
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if inhaled.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P280a-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P501a
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. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.