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Dimethoxymethane, also called Methylal, is a clear colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylal is soluble in water and miscible with common organic solvents like methanol and ethanol. This product acts as a solvent and can be used in many different applications.

ArChem provides Methylal and other solvents such as Methanol, Methyl Acetate, and Ethyl Acetate with different properties for various industrial applications. Plus, ArChem provides other chemical products including Nitrocellulose, Nitrocellulose solution, plasticizers, etc. for further information please contact our technical sales team in ArChem. 

archem Methylal

What is Methylal?


Methylal is a colorless flammable liquid with the chemical formula C3H8O2. It is the dimethyl acetal of formaldehyde with unique properties, suitable for different applications.

ArChem Methylal has a very strong dissolving capacity and is used as an extraction solvent in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, aerosols, paints, and varnishes. Plus, it is used as a fuel additive for smoke reduction. main advantages of Archem Methylal are listed below:

  • Excellent Stability
  • A versatile replacement solvent
  • Excellent water removal property from organic molecules
  • Excellent stability in acidic or alkaline medium
  • Good miscibility with water

Methylal Technical Properties

ArChem Methylal is also known as formaldehyde dimethyl acetal, methylene dimethyl ether, and methoxymethyl methyl ether. The chemical and physical properties of ArChem Methylal are:

Molecular FormulaC3H8O2
IUPAC namedimethoxymethane
Cas Number109-87-5
Molecular weight76.09 g/mol
Density0.821 gcm–3
Boiling Point42 °C
Flashpoint-31 °C
Melting Point−105 °C
FlammabilityHighly flammable

Methylal and its global market

Methylal Applications 

ArChem Methylal is used as a solvent in different industries. It is used to produce anion exchange resins, manufacture perfumes, paint stripping, etc. Some of ArChem Methylal uses include:

  • Reaction solvent manufacturing pharmaceuticals
  • Adhesives
  • Gasoline-additive for increasing octane number
  • Protective coatings
  • Paint Stripping
  • Aerosol cans

Methylal Production 

Methylal is produced through the reaction of methanol and formaldehyde in the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid. The resultant methylal is distilled, and unreacted methanol is separated from the product for recycling to obtain methylal with a content of 85% or more.

Methylal Storage 

Storage conditions of ArChem Methylal are listed below:

  • Methylal should be stored in a tightly closed container, away from direct sunlight.
  • This product should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated facility away from incompatible substances.
  • Methylal should be kept away from heat, sparks, and flame.

Methylal Health Hazards

Methylal is a highly flammable liquid. Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis. Plus, it may cause liver and kidney damage. Some of the necessary first-aid measures are described below:

  • If inhaled, remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • In case of ingestion, never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Do NOT induce vomiting. Seek medical attention immediately. If conscious and alert, rinse mouth and drink 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Wash mouth out with water.
  • If in eyes, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical attention if irritation occurs.
  • In case of skin contact, flush the skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical attention if irritation develops.

Operators should wash their hands before breaks and after work. they should use personal protective equipment and wear chemical impermeable gloves when handling Methylal to avoid contact with the body, skin, and eyes.

In ArChem, we provide our customers with a large number of solvents for different industries. Our products are produced to the highest quality, with all analytical measurements performed under international standards.
Please contact us for a price quote, to request detailed product information and specifications, or to have a sales representative call or visit.


What are the uses of Methylal? 

Methylal is used as a solvent in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, Adhesives, Protective coatings, and Paint Stripping.

What is the other name for Methylal? 

Methylal, also known as formaldehyde dimethyl acetal, methylene dimethyl ether, and methoxymethyl methyl ether.

What is the price of Methylal? 

ArChem products can be purchased in a variety of volumes. Depending on your orders, Prices are different. for more information, please contact our technical sales team in ArChem.

What is the CAS number of Methylal? 

The CAS number of Methylal is 109-87-5.

What is the HS code for Methylal? 

The HS code of Methylal is 29110000.

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