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Methyl formate




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Methyl formate

Product name Methyl formate
Molecular formula HCOOCH3
Molecular weight 60.05g·mol⁻¹
CAS NO. 107-31-3
EINECS 203-481-7
Melting point -100.4℃
Boiling point 32℃
Water soluble Soluble in water (300 g/L, 20 °C)
Density 0.98 g/cm3
Appearance Colorless volatile liquid
Nature A colorless, fragrant, volatile liquid. It is miscible with ethanol and soluble in methanol and ether. It is easily hydrolyzed and the moisture in the moist air will also hydrolyze it. It has a strong stimulating effect on the respiratory tract, eyes, nose and lower respiratory tract, which can cause chest pressure and difficulty in breathing.
Flash point −32 °C
Security description Extremely flammable, harmful 
Hazard symbol Extremely flammable (F+), harmful (Xn)
Dangerous goods transport number UN1243 
PubChem 7865
Vapor pressure 644 hPa (20 °C)
Warning term R:R12, R20/22, R36/37
Security term S:S2, S9, S16, S24, S26, S33 
LD50 1500 mg/kg
Use Carbon-chemically important intermediates have a wide range of uses and can be directly used as a fumigant and fungicide for treating tobacco, dried fruits, grains, etc.; also commonly used as a solvent for nitrocellulose and cellulose acetate; It is often used as a synthetic raw material for drugs such as sulfonic acid methylpyrimidine, sulfonic acid methoxypyrimidine and antitussive methadone.


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