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Empirical formula: CH4O
a: 4.873 Å
b: 4.641 Å
c: 8.867 Å
α (alpha): 90.00 °
β (beta): 90.00 °
γ (gamma): 90.00 °
Volume: 200.53 Å3
Space group: P212121
Calculated density: 1.061 g/cm3
Z: 4
Formula weight: 32.042 g/mole
R(F): 0.0390
Short description: Methanol is the simplest alcohol.
Keyword: wood alcohol
Keyword: toxic
Keyword: fuel
Common name: Methanol
CSD refcode: METHOL02
Miscellaneous comments: Obtained courtesy of the Cambridge Structural Database
Citation of a publication: B. H. Torrie, S. - X. Weng, B. M. Powell; Mol. Phys., 67, (1989), 575
Layman's explanation: In England in 1661, Irish chemist Robert Boyle discovered methanol as a byproduct of the distillation of wood, hence the archaic names, spirit of wood and wood alcohol. Methanol is a clear, flammable, and toxic liquid that can cause blindness if repeatedly inhaled or ingested. Consumption (>2 Tbsp) can be fatal, but the body can metabolize small amounts. Methanol is prepared by the catalytic combination reaction of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases under high pressures. It is used in fuel mixtures to stretch the life of gasoline, in addition to its use in windshield washer fluid (50% MeOH) and paint strippers. Also methanol is used as industrial solvent in manufacture of streptomycin, vitamins, hormones, polymers and plastics.
Lab name: Common molecules
Sample provider: Contributed by Indiana University
Status: Complete, visible to public
Repository Files:
50524.cif 50524.crt 50524.gif 50524.GIF 50524.ort
50524.pdb 50524.sdt 50524.tab 50524.xtel 50524_s.cif

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