Agent Name

(Hydroxymethyl)urea

CAS Number

1000-82-4

Formula

C2-H6-N2-O2

Major Category

Nitrogen Compounds

Synonyms

1-(Hydroxymethyl)urea; Methylolurea; Mono(hydroxymethyl)urea; Monomethylolurea; N-(Hydroxymethyl)urea; N-Methylolurea; Urea, (hydroxymethyl)-; Methylol urea; Methylolureas; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Urea Compounds

Description

Colorless solid; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used in urea-formaldehyde resins, molding adhesives, and for treating textiles and wood; [HSDB] Also used in disinfectants and biocidal products, and as in-can preservative, preservative for liquid cooling and processing systems, and as slimicide; [NTP]

Comments

Available in solution as a mixture of formaldehyde gas, urea, and water; Commercial monomers available as pastes (55-65% active ingredient); Present as impurity in some UF resins at 10% or higher; [NTP]

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