Molecule of the Week

Formaldehyde

May 29, 2006

Formaldehyde emissions from wood paneling, carpets, and tobacco smoke cause respiratory irritation, and possibly cancer, in some individuals. Forest fires also produce formaldehyde, and trace amounts of formaldehyde are a normal byproduct of human food metabolism. In 1969, formaldehyde's microwave signature was detected in interstellar space.

Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)