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Methyl cyanoacetate is an intermediate in the preparation of α-cyanoacrylate, malononitrile, 1,1-cyclohexanediacetic acid dye. It is used as UV absorber or stabiliser, intermediate for pharmaceuticals. It may be used in the synthesis of various 1,2,5-tricarbonyl compounds.
Shinobu Wada; Hitomi Suzuki. Calcite and fluorite as catalyst for the Knövenagel condensation of malononitrile and methyl cyanoacetate under solvent-free conditions. Tetrahedron Letters. 2003, 44 (2), 399-401.
Aleš Halama; Jaromír Kaválek; Vladimír Macháček and Tomáš Weidlich. Aromatic nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen: mechanism of reaction of 6-nitroquinoline with cyanide ions, with and without participation of methyl cyanoacetate. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1. 1999, (1), 1839-1846.