What is sodium methoxide?

Sodium methoxide (Also known as: Sodium methanolate – Methoxy sodium – Sodium methylate) is the simplest sodium alkoxide.

With the formula CH3ONa, it is in two forms: white solid powder, with 99% purity and liquid solution in methanol with 30% purity.

Uses of sodium methoxide?

A colorless, flammable liquid used in the manufacture of FORMALDEHYDE and ACETIC ACID, in chemical synthesis, antifreeze, and as a solvent. Ingestion of methanol is toxic and may cause blindness.

It reacts with water to form sodium hydroxide, a corrosive material, and methyl alcohol, a flammable liquid. The heat from this reaction may be sufficient to ignite surrounding combustible material or the sodium methylate itself if the water is present in only small amounts. It is used to process edible fats and oils, and to
make other chemicals.

Liquid sodium methoxide:

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Sodium methoxide powder: