2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate

Agent Name
2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate
CAS Number
Major Category
Plastics & Rubber
2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate formula graphical representation
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]
Clear mobile liquid; [HSDB] Colorless liquid with an ester-like odor; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]
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]
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]
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

Vapor Pressure
0.126 mm Hg
Explanatory Notes
VP from HSDB;

Adverse Effects

Skin Sensitizer

Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent


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