Tris(hydroxymethyl)nitromethane
Title: Tris(hydroxymethyl)nitromethane
CAS Registry Number: 126-11-4
CAS Name: 2-(Hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol
Additional Names: 2-nitro-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol; trimethylolnitromethane
Molecular Formula: C4H9NO5
Molecular Weight: 151.12
Percent Composition: C 31.79%, H 6.00%, N 9.27%, O 52.94%
Literature References: Prepn from trioxymethylene and nitromethane: Boileau, Mem. Poudres 35, Annexe 7-76 (1953).
Properties: Crystals from ethyl acetate + benzene, mp 214° (pure); mp 180° (usual laboratory product); mp 175-176° (tech). Soly in water at 20°: 220 g/100 ml. Freely sol in alcohols. Sparingly sol in benzene, other hydrocarbons. pH of 0.1M aq soln 4.5.
Melting point: mp 214° (pure); mp 180° (usual laboratory product); mp 175-176° (tech)
CAUTION: Irritating to skin, mucous membranes.
Use: Bactericide for inanimate objects. To inhibit bacterial growth in circulating industrial water systems, cutting oils, nonprotein glues and sizings.

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