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  • Methanol is the simplest alcohol, containing one carbon atom. It is a colorless, tasteless liquid with a very faint odor and is commonly known
    as "wood alcohol."
  • Methanol (CH3OH) is a colorless, odorless,slightly flammable liquid, also called methyl alcohol or wood alcohol. Liquid methanol can be produced from just about anything containing carbon.
  • Potential sources include natural gas, coal, and biomass. Currently most methanol is produced from natural gas, or methane, using steam, pressure, and a catalyst.


  • Methanol, which is presently prepared from fossil-fuel-based syn-gas, can also be prepared by direct oxidative conversion of natural gas (methane) or reductive conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide with hydrogen.
  • The bulk of methanol is processed into formaldehyde in order to produce plastic masses, urotropine, and carbamide resins.
  • Methane, a greenhouse gas, is also given off by decomposing vegetable matter in landfills another source that could be tapped for methanol production.


  • Methanol production growth may be also spurred by the introduction of new technologies implying the use of methanol to obtain gasoline and polymers.
  • A novel atmospheric methanol measurement technique, employing selective gas-phase catalytic conversion of methanol to formaldehyde followed by detection of the formaldehyde product, has been developed and tested.


  • Developed countries are major methanol consumers.
  • In Russia, methanol is consumed mainly in the production of Formalin and synthetic rubbers, which account for 60-70% of total methanol use.
  • Polyfuel has picked a strategy of focusing on a core part of the fuel cell market: the membrane, where fuel and air
    are converted into electricity.
  • Methanol capacities in China and the Middle East are expected to double to 40 million tonnes per annum.
  • In Iran, the increased supply from the 1.65m tonne/year Zagross facility has dampened market sentiment and put downward pressure on methanol values.

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