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The chemical compound acrylamide is an amide with chemical formula C3H5NO and structure
It is a white odorless crystalline, soluble in water, ethanol and ether. It is used in papermaking, ore processing, manufacture of permanent-press fabrics[?], and the manufacture of dyes. Acrylamide is also used to synthesize polyacrylamides[?] which find many uses as water-soluble stabilizers, for instance in waste water treatment and in gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE).

Acrylamide is also a probable carcinogen found in small quantities in some foods. It is believed to be created in foods when starches and other carbohydrates are overheated (far past 100C) during cooking. Some sources claim that people in the modern world consume daily on average around 25 micrograms of acrylamide, and that this accounts for a significant number of cases of cancer.

The CAS registry number for acrylamide is 79-06-1 and its UN number is 2074.

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