What is Methyl Alcohol

Methyl alcohol was known in the past as "wood alcohol” and is currently referred to as methanol, carbinol, Columbian spirits, methyl hydrate, pyroligneous spirit, and methyl hydroxide, among several other names. It has applications throughout the chemical industry and as an energy carrier and vehicle fuel component.

Buy Methyl Alcohol in the United States

While all chemicals and ingredients need to be handled with care, certain toxic compounds and substances require even more attention when being transported. Methyl alcohol is one such compound. Here in the U.S., only certain distributors are authorized to sell it because there are strict rules regarding its use, handling and transportation.

More than 180,000 customers trust Brenntag North America as their distributor of methyl alcohol and more than 10,000 other chemicals and ingredients. Quality customer service, affordable pricing and shipping, and industry-best knowledge are just a few of the qualities that make us the reliable global distributor you can trust for your methyl alcohol needs.

Buy Methyl Alcohol Online

plastic clothespins hanging on a clothesline

Methyl Alcohol Properties

Considered the simplest alcohol, methyl alcohol is only a methyl group linked to a hydroxyl group. It is a liquid of a colorless, light, volatile, and highly flammable nature. Its odor is strong, distinctive, and similar to that of drinking alcohol. Methyl alcohol has the chemical compound CH3OH or MeOH and is produced in a catalytic process directly from hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. Its flash point is 11 to 12° C and it has an explosive limit of three to 36 percent. Methyl alcohol is readily biodegradable in both aerobic and anaerobic environments. This chemical is extremely toxic and ingestion leads to blindness, coma, and death in the worst cases.

COMMON METHYL ALCOHOL USES AND APPLICATIONS

Methyl alcohol is a polar liquid commonly used as an antifreeze, fuel, and solvent. Other uses include the denaturing of ethanol and the production of biodiesel by transesterification reaction. It is commonly used as feedstock for chemical manufacturing and appears as fuel for certain specialized vehicles. As a laboratory solvent, it is useful for UV/VIS spectroscopy, HPLC, and LCMS because of its low UV cutoff.

Around 40 percent of all methanol gets converted to formaldehyde, which is then used in the production of paints, explosives, permanent press textiles, plywood, and plastics. It is easier to store than hydrogen and burns cleaner than fossil fuels, making it useful as an energy carrier. It shows up often as windshield washer fluid and as an antifreeze in pipelines.

Contact Brenntag for your Methyl Alcohol needs

If you are looking for where to buy methyl alcohol and you need to find a distributor, Brenntag North America, will deliver it safely to you almost anywhere in the United States. Contact us for information and pricing.

COMPLETE THE FORM TO begin THE CONVERSATION

This document is for informational purposes only. You accept sole responsibility for reading and complying with the Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s), as well as any other safety information, relating to the products listed herein. The information contained herein is based on Brenntag’s knowledge at the time of publication or release and not on any publications, independent studies, empirical evidence or other form of verification. You should not use or rely on any statements contained herein as a basis for any representations or warranties to your customers or end users as to the safety, efficacy or suitability of any product or for purposes of ensuring your compliance with any laws or regulations. Brenntag makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained herein or as to fitness of any product for any particular purpose. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as an authorization to use or an inducement to practice any patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right. Before producing and distributing any product, it is your sole responsibility to adequately test and document the performance of the product and acquire any required intellectual property rights. You assume all risks for failing to do so and Brenntag shall not be liable (regardless of fault) to you, your employees, customers or end users or any third party for direct, special or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the furnishing or use of this information. Please contact your local Brenntag representative if you have any questions about this information.