Methanol's Allure | December 3, 2007 Issue - Vol. 85 Issue 49 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 85 Issue 49 | pp. 55-59
Issue Date: December 3, 2007

Methanol's Allure

Simplest alcohol shows promise as a feedstock and fuel
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability

Methanol is the lightest, simplest alcohol. Colorless and flammable, it is a somewhat poisonous, corrosive liquid with a slightly sweeter odor than ethanol. Once produced by collecting and distilling the vapor from burning wood, methanol is gaining ground as an alternative to petrochemical feedstocks and fuels—and it may provide an answer for what to do with excess CO2.

Methanol can be transformed into everything now made from oil and gas, says Nobel Laureate

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