Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits, is a chemical with formula CH3OH. It is the simplest alcohol, and is a light, volatile, colorless, flammable, and liquid with a distinctive odor that is very similar to but slightly sweeter than ethanol (drinking alcohol). At room temperature it is a polar liquid.

Methanol is produced naturally in the anaerobic metabolism of many varieties of bacteria, and is ubiquitous in the environment. As a result, there is a small fraction of methanol vapor in the atmosphere. Over the course of several days, atmospheric methanol is oxidized with the help of sunlight to carbon dioxide and water.

Methanol burns in air forming carbon dioxide and water. Methanol flame is almost colorless in bright sunlight.

Applications of Methanol

Methanol is everywhere .Methanol is essential in our lives every day. From the time you awaken until you go to bed, Methanol has enabled you to function during your day-to-day normal tasks. You can find Methanol in the silicone that goes into your shampoo, the PET which makes your plastic bottle of water you bought at the convenience store. You can also find Methanol in many of the components of the car you drove to work and possibly the fuel you used in your car. It is also present in the fleece jacket you put on to keep you warm and the pharmaceuticals you took to help you fight off your cold.

The fact is, you are surrounded by products that contain Methanol, even though you might not have even known it! Methanol helps support our everyday lifestyles and has done so for many years enriching the quality of the goods and services we have grown to expect.

Here are just some types of materials that are made from methanol:

  •   Plastics                         
  •  Synthetic fibers
  •  Paints
  •  Resins
  •  Magnetic film                                
  •  Safety glass laminate
  •  Adhesives
  •  Solvents
  •  Carpeting
  •  Insulation
  •  Refrigerants
  •  Windshield washer fluid
  • Particle board
  • Pigments and dyes