|Safety Data Sheet|
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, methyl alcohol, or wood spirit, is the simplest form of alcohol, which chemical formula is CH3OH. Methanol is produced by the destructive distillation of wood. It is volatile, toxic, and flammable. This colorless liquid is mainly used as an intermediate in chemical synthesis, as a solvent, antifreeze, and as a source of environmentally friendly fuel.
- Environmentally friendly fuel.
- Lower flammability risk than fuel.
- Can be made into hydrogen.
- Easier to store than hydrogen.
Methanol is frequently used as a solvent in laboratories. It can be converted into formaldehyde which is then used to make products such as plastics, paint, and explosives. It can also be used as fuel which drastically reduces the emissions of toxins. Methanol can be also used to produces biodiesel. Small amounts of methanol can be used in wastewater converting harmful nitrates to safer nitrogen.
Methanol is also used in in the Military Industry as fuel. It is also used as fuel for camping and boating.