Acryloyl chloride

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Acryloyl chloride
Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model
IUPAC name
Prop-2-enoyl chloride
Other names
2-Propenoyl chloride
Acryloyl chloride
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.011.272
Molar mass 90.51 g·mol−1
Density 1.119 g/cm3
Melting point N/A
Boiling point 75.0 °C (167.0 °F; 348.1 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Acryloyl chloride, also known as 2-propenoyl chloride or acrylic acid chloride, is a clear, light yellow, flammable liquid with an acrid smell.[1][2] It belongs to the acid chlorides group of compounds and is therefore a derivative of acrylic acid.[3]


Acryloyl chloride can be prepared by reacting acrylic acid with benzoyl chloride, oxalyl chloride, or thionyl chloride.[3] [4] When preparing this compound adding a small amount of an inhibitor such as hydroquinone can help to avoid light induced polymerisation of acryloyl chloride.


This compound will give the common reactions of acid chlorides: it will react violently with water producing acrylic acid while it will form anhydrides when reacted with sodium salts of carboxylic acids. Reactions with alcohols will result in the formation of esters and reactions with amines will generate amides.[citation needed]


Acryloyl chloride is most commonly employed in organic synthesis for the introduction of acrylic moieties into other compounds and it is also used extensively in the preparation of acrylate monomers and polymers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Environmental Chemistry (2007). "Acryloyl chloride". Environmental (J.K. Barbalace, inc). Retrieved December 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory (2005). "Safety data for acryloyl chloride". Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory. Retrieved December 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b PatentStorm LLC (2006). "Process for the manufacture of acryloyl chloride". PatentStorm LLC. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ Movsisyan, Marine; Heugebaert, Thomas S. A.; Dams, Rudy; Stevens, Christian V. (9 August 2016). "Safe, Selective, and High-Yielding Synthesis of Acryloyl Chloride in a Continuous-Flow System". ChemSusChem. 9 (15): 1945–1952. doi:10.1002/cssc.201600348. 

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