Methyl hypochlorite Identifiers CAS number PubChem ChemSpider Jmol-3D images Image 1 Properties Molecular formula CH3ClO Molar mass 66.49 g mol−1 Appearance Gas Odor Pungent Density 1.058 g/cm3 Melting point
-120.4 °C, 153 K, -185 °F
9.18 °C, 282 K, 49 °F
Solubility in water Decomposes Refractive index (nD) 1.343 Hazards EU Index Not listed R-phrases NFPA 704 (what is: /?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Methyl hypochlorite is an unstable and highly toxic compound that can be produced from reacting methanol with hypochlorous acid. It is extremely unstable and can decompose explosively giving off toxic fumes. Its instability is caused by the combination of the reducing methyl group and the oxidizing hypochlorite group.
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