Is CH3OH an acid or a base?


Quick Answer

The molecular formula of methanol is CH3OH. It behaves as a very weak acid when compared to water, which is neutral. It is an industrial alcohol and not for consumption. Consumption of methanol can lead to blindness.

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The pKa value of CH3OH is more than 15. This is a constant that measures the amount of acidic or basic ions in a solution. The weak acidity of methanol is due to the presence of the CH3 functional group. The presence of the OH group can cause it to release OH negative ions in a solution of water. This gives it the properties of a base. Thus, CH3OH is an alcohol that can have weak acidic and basic properties as well.

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