The present invention is directed to a process for the production of methyl acrylate wherein methyl lactate is contacted with a ZSM 5 catalyst in the presence of methanol. It was found that the presence of methanol is essential to obtain a selective process with a high yield.
Methyl acrylate, stabilized is a colorless volatile liquid with an acrid odor. Flash point 27°F. Vapors may irritate the eyes and respiratory system. Highly toxic by inhalation, ingestion and skin absorption. Less dense than water and slightly soluble in water, hence floats on water.C4H6O2 or CH2=CHCOOCH3 7.3K
prohibited where Methyl Acrylate is used, handled, or stored. * Metal containers involving the transfer of Methyl Acrylate should be grounded and bonded. * Use only non sparking tools and equipment, especially when opening and closing containers of Methyl Acrylate. * Wherever Methyl Acrylate is used, handled, manufactured,
The reaction is carried out in the presence of oxidation catalyst known for the oxidation of propylene and/or acrolein to acrylic acid. A one step process for the production of methyl acrylate by oxidation of propylene and/or acrolein with oxygen or a gas containing molecular oxygen in the presence of methanol in the vapor phase.