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Phenyl acrylate reacts with benzaldehyde to produce 2-(hydroxy-phenyl-methyl)-acrylic acid phenyl ester.
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Makoto Azukizawa.; Bunichiro Yamada.; David J. T. Hill.; Peter J. Pomery. Radical polymerization of phenyl acrylate as studied by ESR spectroscopy: concurrence of propagating and mid-chain radicals. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 2000, 201 (7), 774-781.
Aryl acrylates undergo the Baylis-Hillman reaction with aldehydes in the presence of 1,4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane, A14003 much more rapidly than alkyl acrylates. Reaction with a second molecule of aldehyde can occur to give a cyclic acetal product: Tetrahedron Lett., 37, 1715 (1996):
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.