Hydroxymethyl

Hydroxymethyl group
Hydroxymethyl group skeletal.svg
Names
IUPAC name
Hydroxymethyl group
Identifiers
  • 2597-43-5 checkY
3D model (JSmol)
ChemSpider
  • InChI=1S/CH3O/c1-2/h2H,1H2 ☒N
    Key: CBOIHMRHGLHBPB-UHFFFAOYSA-N ☒N
  • [CH2]O
Properties
CH
2
OH
Molar mass 31.03
Thermochemistry
−9 kJ/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

The hydroxymethyl group is the name for a substituent with the structural formula −CH2−OH. It consists of a methylene bridge (−CH2− unit) bonded to a hydroxyl group (−OH). This makes the hydroxymethyl group an alcohol. It has the identical chemical formula with the methoxy group (−O−CH3) that differs only in the attachment site and orientation to the rest of the molecule. However, their chemical properties are different.

Hydroxymethyl is the side chain of encoded amino acid serine.

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