Itaconic acid, or methylenesuccinic acid, is an organic compound. This dicarboxylic acid is a white solid that is soluble in water, ethanol, and acetone. The name itaconic was devised as an anagram of aconitic. Historically, itaconic acid was obtained by the distillation of citric acid, but currently it is produced by fermentation.
Unsaturated solid bond makes a conjugated system with carbonyl group. It is used in the field of:
1. Co-monomer to prepare acrylic fibers and rubbers, reinforced glass fiber, artificial diamonds and lens
2. Additive in fibers and ion exchange resins to increases abrasion, waterproofing, physical resistance, dying affinity and better duration
3. Water treatment system to prevent contamination by metallic alkali
4. As binder and sizing agent in non-weaving fibers, paper and concrete paint
The end applications of itaconic acid and its esters include in the field of co-polymerizations, plasticizers, lubricant