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Acrolein and Methacrolein

  1. Dietrich Arntz1,
  2. Achim Fischer2,
  3. Mathias Höpp3,
  4. Sylvia Jacobi2,
  5. Jörg Sauer4,
  6. Takashi Ohara5,
  7. Takahisa Sato5,
  8. Noboru Shimizu5,
  9. Helmut Schwind2

Published Online: 15 APR 2007

DOI: 10.1002/14356007.a01_149.pub2

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

How to Cite

Arntz, D., Fischer, A., Höpp, M., Jacobi, S., Sauer, J., Ohara, T., Sato, T., Shimizu, N. and Schwind, H. 2007. Acrolein and Methacrolein. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Degussa Grasse, France

  2. 2

    Degussa AG, Hanau, Germany

  3. 3

    Degussa AG, Frankfurt, Germany

  4. 4

    Degussa AG, Marl, Germany

  5. 5

    Nippon Shokubai Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2007


The article contains sections titled:

2.1.Physical Properties
2.2.Chemical Properties
3.1.Acrolein by Propene Oxidation
4.Quality and Analysis
5.Handling, Storage, and Transportation
6.Uses and Production Data
7.Toxicology and Ecotoxicology

Acrolein is the simplest unsaturated aldehyde. It is an important intermediate in the production processes of a variety of substances. The main use of isolated acrolein is in the production of d,l-methionin, but in far more production processes, acrolein is used without purification. Acrolein is an extremely reactive chemical and, in very low concentrations, acts as a very effective broad-spectrum biocide. Methacrolein is produced commercially as an organic intermediate, which is used as building block for chain expansions or, in limited application, in the synthesis of flavors and fragrances.