Dimethyl carbonate (DMC) is an organic compound with the formula OC(OCH3)2. It is a colourless, flammable liquid. It is classified as a carbonate ester. This compound has found use as a methylating agent and more recently as a solvent that is exempt from the restrictions placed on most volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the US. Dimethyl carbonate is often considered to be a green reagent.
Carbonic acid, dimethyl ester
carbonic acid dimethyl ester
Appearance & Physical State
Stable. Highly flammable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, potassium t-butoxide.