Methanol was used in the mummification process practiced by ancient Egyptians, so pure methanol was isolated in 1661 for the first time by Robert Boyle who called it wood core.
Methanol or methyl alcohol is a hydrocarbon compound consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It belongs to alcohol category, and its chemical formula is CH3OH.
It is also called “wood alcohol” as it may be prepared by destructive distillation of wood or burning wood and distilling it while it is isolated from the air. It is therefore one of the main substances of many chemical compounds and products of daily use. It can be used for many purposes including industry.