Title: Methyl Nitrate
CAS Registry Number: 598-58-3
CAS Name: Nitric acid methyl ester
Molecular Formula: CH3NO3
Molecular Weight: 77.04
Percent Composition: C 15.59%, H 3.93%, N 18.18%, O 62.30%
Line Formula: CH3ONO2
Literature References: Prepn from methanol and nitric acid in the presence of sulfuric acid: Black, Babers, Org. Synth. coll. vol. II, 412 (1943).
Properties: Liquid. Solid at -83°. bp760 64.6° (explodes). d420 1.2075. nD20 1.3748. Slightly sol in water. Sol in alcohol, ether.
Boiling point: bp760 64.6° (explodes)
Index of refraction: nD20 1.3748
Density: d420 1.2075
Use: Has been used as rocket propellant. Does not need external oxygen for combustion.