Methanol as a colorless fairly volatile liquid with a faintly sweet pungent odor like that of ethyl alcohol. Completely mixes with water. The vapors are slightly heavier than air and may travel some distance to a source of ignition and flash back.

Data Sheet

Test Spec. Method
Purity (w%) Min 99.85 ASTM E-346
Water (w/w%) Max 0.1 ASTM E-1064
Ethanol (w/w%) Max 0.001 ASTM E-346
Specific Gravity @20/20 °C Max 0.7928 ASTM D-4052
Acetone (w/w%) Max 0.002 ASTM E-346
Acetone & Aldehydes (w/w%) Max 0.003 ASTM E-346
Permanganate Time Test No color discharge in 50 min. ASTM D-1363
Non Volatile Matter (mg/1000 ml) Max 1mg/100 ml ASTM D-1353
Distillation range (°C) Max 1 °C to include 64.6 + 0.1 °C ASTM D-1078
Color PT-Co scale Max 5 ASTM D-1209
Carbonizable substance color Max 30 ASTM D-1209
Appearance & Hydrocarbons free of suspended matters and sediments
Odor Non-Residual ASTM D-1296
Alkalinity as NH_3 (w/w%) Max 0.003 ASTM D-1614
Acidity as CH_3COOH (w/w%) Max 0.003 ASTM E-34




  • Rail
  • Land
  • Sea


  • Production of acetic acid and formaldehyde. Used as an antifreeze (an additive that is used to lower the freezing point of a liquid) in many pipelines.
  • Sewage treatment plants since it serves as a carbon-based food source for denitrifying bacteria.
  • A mixture of water and methanol is used in high-performance engines in order to increase power
  • Production of hydrocarbons, olefins, and some aromatic compounds