Acrylamide is a colorless, odorless, crystalline solid that
can react violently when melted. When it is heated, sharp
fumes may be released.
Acrylamide is used to make polyacrylamide, which is
mainly used in treating waste water discharge from water
treatment plants and industrial processes.
In addition, acrylamide and polyacrylamides are used in
the production of dyes and organic chemicals, contact
lenses, cosmetics and toiletries, permanent-press fabrics,
paper and textile production, pulp and paper production,
ore processing, sugar refining, and as a chemical grouting
agent and soil stabilizer for the construction of tunnels,
sewers, wells and reservoirs.
Acrylamide is formed in foods that are rich in
carbohydrates when they are fried, grilled, or baked.