Methyl bromide is a gas with the formula CH3Br. It is colourless and odourless and is sometimes synthesised naturally by aquatic organisms. Its boiling point is 3.56 °C.
Uses of methyl bromide
It can be chemically synthesised by reacting methanol with hydrobromic acid.
This substance acts as a fungicide and can be used as such for sterilising fruit and vegetables. However, its use has been banned because it is harmful to the ozone layer which it destroys.
Methyl bromide contains one carbon atom (grey), three hydrogen atoms (white) and one bromine atom (red). © DR