Methyl Alcohol

Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol amongst other names, is a chemical with the formula CH3OH (a methyl group linked to a hydroxyl group, often abbreviated MeOH). It is a light, volatile, colourless, flammable liquid with a distinctive alcoholic odour similar to that of ethanol. A polar solvent, methanol acquired the name wood alcohol because it was once produced chiefly by the destructive distillation of wood. Today, methanol is mainly produced industrially by hydrogenation of carbon monoxide.Methanol consists of a methyl group linked to a polar hydroxyl group.


Melting Point−98 °C
Boiling Point64.7 °C
Flash Point11 - 12°C
Density1.053 g/mL at 20 °C

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Solvents


  • Cleaning
  • Coatings & Construction

Synonyms: carbinol I MeOH I Methano I Methylalkohol

Chemical Formula: CH4O

CAS Number: 67-56-1