Agent Name

2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate

CAS Number

868-77-9

Formula

C6-H10-O3

Major Category

Plastics & Rubber

Synonyms

2-(Methacryloyloxy)ethanol; 2-Hydroxyethylmethacrylate; 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-hydroxyethyl ester; Ethylene glycol methacrylate; Ethylene glycol, monomethacrylate; Glycol methacrylate; Glycol monomethacrylate; Hydroxyethyl methacrylate; Methacrylic acid, 2-hydroxyethyl ester; Mhoromer; Monomer MG-1; Monomethacrylic ether of ethylene glycol; [ChemIDplus] HEMA; [Reference #2]

Category

(Meth)acrylates

Description

Clear mobile liquid; [HSDB] Colorless liquid with an ester-like odor; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Frequently used in UV-curable inks and coatings; also used in adhesives, artificial nails, dental materials, and lacquers; [HSDB] Used in dentistry as one of the main volatile acrylates along with methyl methacrylate; [Reference #1] Used as a monomer in the synthesis of polymers (used in paints, adhesives, coatings, dental adhesive systems, etc.) for dental prosthetics, and for geotechnical grouting in construction work; [Reference #2]

Comments

Allergic contact dermatitis reported in a laboratory technician and in the printing industry; A skin and eye irritant; [HSDB] Hydrolyzed forming methacrylic acid and ethylene glycol; A mild skin and moderate eye irritant; Possesses skin sensitizing properties with equivocal results in human patch testing; [Reference #2] A skin and severe eye irritant; May cause skin sensitization; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Reference Link

Exposure to volatile methacrylates in dental perso...[J Occup Environ Hyg. 2005] - PubMed Result

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.12 mm Hg

Reference Link

OECD SIDS: 2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate - 2001

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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