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(organic chemistry)
CH3NO2 A liquid nitroparaffin compound; oily and colorless; boils at 101°C; used as a monopropellant for rockets, in chemical synthesis, and as an industrial solvent for cellulosics, resins, waxes, fats, and dyestuffs.



CH3NO2, the simplest aliphatic nitro compound; a colorless liquid with an odor of bitter almonds. Boiling point, 101.2°C; density, 1.138 g/cm3 (20°C).

Nitromethane is soluble in water and is miscible with ordinary organic solvents (except paraffins); it forms an azeotrope with water (boiling point, 83.6°C; 76.4 percent nitromethane). It condenses readily with aldehydes, ketones, and ethylene oxide. For example, the reaction with formaldehyde is


In industry, nitromethane is usually produced by degradative nitration of propane. It is used mainly as a solvent (for example, for cellulose ester varnishes and vinyl polymers), for the extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons, and in the production of chloropicrin and a number of explosives. Nitromethane is poisonous; its maximum permissible concentration in the air in working areas is 0.01 percent.

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19] with fuel mixture containing 65% methanol, 20% nitromethane and 15% lubricating oil.
5%, and efficiency variation was achieved via addition of nitromethane.
We were pleased to be granted planning permission but the condition restricting us to electric cars means more than three quarters of club members won't be able to use it as they have nitromethane powered cars.
A direct one pot, three-component nitro-Mannich reaction of a nonenolizable aldehyde, aniline or one of its ring-substituted derivatives and nitromethane was carried out on silica gel surface.
Among the world's fastest-accelerating machines, 8,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters can cover a quarter mile (402 metres) in less than four seconds at up to 500km/h, powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, running on nitromethane fuel.
Glow fuel is a mixture of methanol, nitromethane and oil that is ignited after the battery heats the wire filament within the glow plug.
Nitromethane, formamide, tritolyl phosphate, and poly(ethylene glycol) provided by Sigma-Aldrich Co.
Ashley's car when he retired was a supercharged Dodge Charger fueled on nitromethane.
Those at the "expert" level, like Walker, usually build their own planes from scratch out of balsa wood, and most of the engines are internal-combustion types fueled by a mix of alcohol, nitromethane and oil.
fuel-powered models use glow plug engines, small internal combustion engines fuelled by a special mixture of nitromethane, methanol and oil (in most cases a blend of castor oil and synthetic oil).
The cars run on nitro fuel Au a highly-combustible mixture of nitromethane, alcohol and normal engine oil.