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Technical Data Sheet

  • Blow molding
  • Polyurethanes

Product Description

Methyl formate, a methyl ester of formic acid, is a clear liquid with an ethereal odor, high vapor pressure, and low surface tension.

Methyl formate can be used, among other applications, as curing agent for resin-based foundry molds and as blowing agent for polyurethane foams. Methyl formate is also used in the synthesis of fine chemicals and insect control agents.

In the environment methyl formate decomposes into carbon dioxide and water.

Typical Properties

PropertyTypical Value, Units
Molecular FormulaC2H4O2
Structural formulaHCOOH3
Molecular Weight60.05 g/mol
     @ 20°C0.980 kg/dm3
Dynamic viscosity 
     @ 20°C0.351 mPa·s
Freezing Point-99 °C
Boiling Point32 °C
Flash Point-32 °C
Autoignition Temperature465 °C
Assay>=97 %

Properties reported here are typical of average lots. Eastman makes no representation that the material in any particular shipment will conform exactly to the values given.


Methyl formate (min. 97 w-% solution) is available in 200 liter drums.

Please see the Material Safety Data Sheet before handling the material.

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2/28/2018 11:35:39 AM