Poly(methyl acrylate)

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Poly(methyl acrylate)
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Other names
Polymethyl acrylate
Abbreviations PMA
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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Poly(methyl acrylate) (PMA) is a hydrophobic synthetic acrylate polymer. PMA, though softer than polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA),[1] is tough, leathery, and flexible.[2]

It has a low glass-transition temperature about 10°C (12.5°C in case of PMA38).[3]

High-energy radiation leads to cross linking in PMA; however in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a compound similar to PMA, degradation occurs instead.[1]

It is soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).[3] PMA is water-sensitive and unlike PMMA, is not stable against alkalies.[2]

It is used as macroinitiator to initiate the copolymerisation of HEMA and DMAEMA;[3] also used in leather finishing and textiles.[2]


  1. ^ a b Peter A. Ciullo (1996). Industrial Minerals and Their Uses: A Handbook and Formulary. Elsevier. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-8155-1408-4. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c J. A. Brydson (8 November 1999). Plastics Materials. Butterworth-Heinemann. p. 423. ISBN 978-0-7506-4132-6. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Kyle B. Guice (2008). Synthesis & Characterization of Temperature- and PH-responsive Nanostructures Derived from Block Copolymers Containing Statistical Copolymers of HEMA and DMAEMA. ProQuest. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-549-63651-9. Retrieved 30 June 2012.