Hydroxymethyl

Hydroxymethyl
Identifiers
CAS number 2597-43-5 YesY
PubChem 137654 YesY
ChemSpider 121313 N
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Properties
Molecular formula CH3O
Molar mass 31.03 g mol−1
Thermochemistry
Std enthalpy of
formation
ΔfHo298
-9 kJ mol-1
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Hydroxymethyl in the field of chemistry, particularly in organic chemistry, is the name for a substituent with the structural formula -CH2-OH. The hydroxymethyl group consists of a methylene bridge (-CH2- unit) connected to a hydroxy (-OH) group. This makes the hydroxymethyl group an alcohol. The hydroxymethyl group has the identical chemical formula with the methoxy group (-O-CH3) that differs only in the attachment site and orientation to the rest of the molecule. However, their chemical properties are different.

See also

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