Acrylamide is made by microbiological method. With the characteristics of higher purity and no copper and lower iron content, it is especially suitable for polymer production and uniform molecular weight spread. It is mainly used to produce different kinds of homopolymers and modified polymers and also is widely applied to medicine, dyestuff, painting and daily chemicals industries. Molecular formula: CH2CHCONH2. Properties: White crystals, colourless, toxic proportion: 1.122 (20/4), Melting: 84-85°C, Boiling point: 99-104°C.
Its polymer or co-polymer can be used as flocculant, mud conditioner, blocking agent, mineral dressing agent, textile treatment agent, intensifier and water treatment agent.
Most acrylamide is used to synthesize polyacrylamides, which find many uses as water-soluble thickeners. These include use in wastewater treatment, gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), papermaking, ore processing, and the manufacture of permanent press fabrics. Some acrylamide is used in the manufacture of dyes and the manufacture of other monomers.