Methanol is an important ingredient in many essential industrial and consumer products, including paint, adhesives and sealants; carpet, furniture and clothing fiber; pharmaceuticals; even CDs and DVDs. Methanol is also used in a variety of emerging energy applications, including fuel additives that reduce the environmental impact of cars and trucks around the world. Typically manufactured from natural gas, methanol is a clear, biodegradable liquid that’s a remarkably useful material used in several industries. For some end users, methanol is a fuel or fuel additive. Others source methanol as a chemical building block vital to the manufacture of everything from home building products to textiles. Potential future applications of methanol include its use as a hydrogen carrier for fuel cells, a turbine fuel for electric power generation, as well as expanded use in wastewater denitrification/treatment and wide scale biodiesel fuel production. For technical information regarding methanol, click here.
Melamine is an important raw material used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance products including coatings, resins, laminates, fire/flame retardants, molding compounds and wood adhesives. As an organic compound, melamine is often combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a synthetic polymer and a very versatile material with a highly stable structure. Composed of nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen, the compound was first formulated in the 1830s by a German scientist; it came into wider use and fashion when used to manufacture kitchen components and commercial laminates in the late 1930s. For technical information regarding melamine click here.