Facts about Formaldehyde

  • Though first discovered by A. M. Butlerov in 1859 it wasn’t formally identified until 1869 at the University of Berlin by Professor A.W. Hoffman.
  • Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound; composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules, its chemical formula is CH2O.
  • When found naturally formaldehyde is a colourless gas, however, commercially it is distributed in liquid form as formalin.
  • Scrap wood can be broken down into wood chips and used to make furniture thanks to formaldehyde-based glues.
  • Formaldehyde’s intrinsic anti-bacterial and preservative properties make it ideal for use in some vaccines.
  • Formaldehyde is present in all organic life forms but it does not accumulate; It is broken down by sunlight in the air, and by bacteria in soil and water.
  • Scientific discoveries suggest that formaldehyde was one of the first substances in the universe.
  • The first plastic used on an industrial scale was phenolic resin a combination of phenol and formaldehyde.