Essential Methanol Infographic

Methanol is a clear liquid chemical used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics, paints, cosmetics and fuels.  Methanol is also an energy resource used in the marine, automotive, and electricity sectors, and an emerging renewable energy resource.
Methanol (CH3OH) is water soluble and readily biodegradable, comprising of four parts hydrogen, one-part oxygen and one-part carbon, and is the simplest member of a group of organic chemicals called alcohols. Methanol is a clean-burning, biodegradable fuel. Increasingly, methanol’s environmental and economic advantages are making it an attractive alternative fuel for powering vehicles and ships, cooking food and heating homes. 

Physical Properties

Methanol Technical Data Sheet

The Methanol Institute produced a Methanol Technical Data Sheet describing methanol’s physical properties and key applications.

IMPCA Methanol Reference Specifications

The International Methanol Producers & Consumers Association’s (IMPCA) Global Methanol Reference Specification.

Physical properties of Pure Methanol

A chart detailing the physical properties of pure (neat) methanol.

Boiling and Flash Points of Methanol

A chart that demonstrates the boiling and flash points for methanol and methanol-water solutions.

Freezing Points of Methanol

A chart that shows the relative freezing points for methanol and methanol-water solutions.

Water-Methanol Mix Densities

A chart that shows the relative density of water-methanol mixes

Latent Heat and Vaporization

A chart that shows the latent heat of vaporization and specific heat of liquid methanol

Material Compatibility

Compatibility of Elastomers in Neat Methanol Service

A look into elastomer and rubber materials which help prevent leakage of methanol liquid and vapors into the surrounding environment.

Compatibility of Metal Alloys in Neat Methanol Service

Detailed technical bulletin describing the appropriate metals and alloys for various applications

Materials Selection for Neat Methanol Service

An overall summary of material selection including information on standards, toxicity, and safety.