The largest scale reaction is its esterification to give the corresponding ester ethyl cyanoacetate, which is then transformed to ethyl cyanoacrylate used as superglue, via reaction with formaldehyde. Cyanoacetic acid is a versatile intermediate in the preparation of chemicals. it is a precursor to synthetic caffeine via the intermediacy of theophylline. It is a building block for many drugs, including dextromethorphan, amiloride, sulfadimethoxine, and allopurinol, and also for Peldesine.
Storage Information: Hygroscopic. Keep tightly closed.