The first acrylic acid was created in 1843, by a french chemistCharles Moureau
How it’s made
Methyl methacrylate is the basic molecule from which polymethyl methacrylate and many other acrylic plastic polymers are formed. During polymerization, one leg of this double bond breaks and links up with the middle carbon atom of another methyl methacrylate molecule to start a chain. This process repeats itself until the final polymer is formed, in this case, the plastic. Acrylic plastic polymers are formed by reacting a monomer, such as methyl methacrylate, with a catalyst. A typical catalyst would be an organic peroxide. The catalyst starts the reaction and enters into it to keep it going, but does not become part of the resulting polymer.