Acrylamide (or acrylic amide) is a chemical compound with the chemical formula C3H5NO. Its IUPAC name is prop-2-enamide. It is a white odorless crystalline solid, soluble in water, ethanol, ether, and chloroform. Acrylamide decomposes in the presence of acids, bases, oxidizing agents, iron, and iron salts. It decomposes non-thermally to form ammonia, and thermal decomposition produces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen.
1. It is generally used in kinds of homopolymerization, interpolymerization and modified polyacrylamide which is widely used in oil, coal, paper, textile, sewage treatment, metallurgy, sugar, construction, medicine and agriculture
2. The major use of acrylamide and its derivatives is in the production of polymers and copolymers for various purposes
3. It is also used in water treatment process