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Methanol (also known as methyl alcohol; methyl hydroxide; monohydroxymethane; and wood alcohol) has the chemical formula CH3OH and is a clear, colourless liquid which has a mild, characteristic alcohol odour.  It is soluble in water and is also soluble in other alcohols, esters, ketones, ethers, and in most other organic solvents.


Methanol is an important chemical feedstock which is used in the production of formaldehyde, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and acetic acid.  It is also used in the manufacture of DMT, MMA, chloromethanes, methylamines, glycol methyl ethers, and fuels.  Methanol also has general solvent and antifreeze uses so can be found as a component of paint stripper, and de-icers.

It's likely that Methanol remains an important chemical in the future, as many countries are seeking to expand methanol fuelling programmes.  This is because methanol is readily available, has a high octane rating, and is easy to transport.  If methanol production costs can be cut, via large scale plants consuming natural gas, methanol could also be used to make ethylene and propylene, and dimethyl ether.  It could also be utilised in power generation.

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