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Stability in organic solvents and identity of relevant degradation products

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According to the Ullmanns encyclopedia (2012), formaldehyde is not stable in polar solvents such as alcohols and amines, as it undergoes reaction with these compounds.

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Polar solvents, such as alcohols, amines or acids, either catalyze the polymerization of formaldehyde or react with it to form methylol compounds or methylene derivatives.