its history, chemistry and uses


Web Project by A.Robson

Formaldehyde is the simplest aldehyde with the chemical formula HCHO. Since its accidental production by Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov in 1859 and subsequent discovery by A. W. Hofmann in 1868, formaldehyde has become a major industrial product. 

Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov


August Wilhelm von Hofmann


Hofmann passed a mixture of methanol and air over a heated platinum spiral and then identified formaldehyde as the product. This method lead to the major way in which formaldehyde is manufactured today, the oxidation of methanol with air using a metal catalyst. 


Methods of manufacture

Uses Of Formaldehyde