Sodium Formate

Sodium formate is the sodium salt of formic acid which usually appears as a white powder. Sodium formate is usually prepared by neutralizing formic acid with sodium hydroxide but can also be produced by absorbing carbon monoxide under pressure in solid sodium hydroxide. Sodium formate is also unavoidably formed as a by-product in the pentaerythritol synthesis.


Molar Weight68.007 g/mol
Melting Point253.0 °C
Boiling Pointdecomposes
Density1.92 g/cm³
FormsPowder, Liquid, White, Granular, Pellets

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Filler
  • Leather processing
  • Tanning
  • De-icer
  • Enzyme stabiliser
  • Building & Construction products


  • Cleaning
  • Cosmetics
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Chemical Processing

Synonyms: Sodium methanoate

Chemical Formula: HCOONa

CAS Number: 141-53-7