Methanol Technical Information

The Methanol Institute (MI) is focused on providing timely, actionable technical information about methanol to the global community. How is methanol made? What is the freezing point of a methanol water solution? What renewable pathways exist for methanol production? This section will help you find the answers to these and other questions about the methanol molecule. Our resources are dedicated to helping everyone from the casual learner to the industry professional understand the role of methanol in daily life.

Methanol is simply defined as a colorless organic liquid at room temperature and pressure. Though correct, this description is a small part of what a user must know and understand about the physical properties of methanol in order to transport, store, and use this important molecule safely.

To some, methanol is a fuel, to others a fuel additive, to still others a chemical feedstock, a solvent, a refrigerant, or a component of antifreeze. Emerging applications for methanol include its use as a hydrogen carrier for fuel cell technology applications, a denitrification agent for wastewater treatment, and as a turbine fuel for electric power generation. Whether you are a scientist or a student, a biodiesel blender or windshield wash bottler, you will find critical methanol technical information here.

We also have a selection of Technical Bulletins in our Health and Safety section that answers in depth questions about safety, storage and transportation of methanol.

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