Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade

Paraformaldehyde | PFA | Reagent Grade | White Crystalline Solid

    Paraformaldehyde (PFA) is the smallest polyoxymethylene, the polymerization product of formaldehyde with a typical degree of polymerization of 8–100 units.

    Paraformaldehyde Flake | Lab Grade Features:

    CAS Number 30525-89-4
    Molecular Formula (CH2O)n
    Formula Weight (30.03)n
    Formaldehyde Content Min. 90%
    Acidity (as HCOOH) 0.03%
    Ash 0.01%
    Iron (Fe) 0.0002%
    Water 9.0%

    Paraformaldehyde Flake lab Shipping Information:
    DOT: Paraformaldehyde, 4.1, UN2213, PG III

    Paraformaldehyde is the condensation product of methylene glycol, a substance not so far isolated in its pure form; it is a white solid with a formaldehyde content between 78 and 98% and is supplied either as a Prill or Granular. All forms contain more than 95.5% paraformaldehyde content.

    Information On Paraformaldehyde From Wikipedia


    Paraformaldehyde forms slowly in aqueous formaldehyde solutions as a white precipitate, especially if stored in the cold. Formalin actually contains very little monomeric formaldehyde; most of it forms short chains of polyformaldehyde. A small amount of methanol is often added as a stabilizer to limit the extent of polymerization.


    Paraformaldehyde can be depolymerized to formaldehyde gas by dry heating[1] and to formaldehyde solution by water in the presence of a base or heat. The high purity formaldehyde solutions obtained in this way are used as a fixative for microscopy and histology. The resulting formaldehyde gas from dry heating paraformaldehyde is flammable.


    Once paraformaldehyde is depolymerized, the resulting formaldehyde may be used as a fumigant, disinfectant, fungicide, and fixative. Longer chain-length (high molecular weight) polyoxymethylenes are used as a thermoplastic and are known as polyoxymethylene plastic (POM, Delrin). It was used in the past in the discredited Sargenti method of root canal treatment.

    Paraformaldehyde is not a fixative; it must be depolymerized to formaldehyde in solution. In cell culture, a typical formaldehyde fixing procedure would involve using a 4% formaldehyde solution in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) on ice for 10 minutes. In histology and pathology specimens preparation, usually, the fixation step is performed using 10% Neutral Buffered Formalin (4% formaldehyde) for, at least, 24 hours.

    Paraformaldehyde is also used to crosslink proteins to DNA, as used in ChIP (chromatin immunoprecipitation) which is a technique to determine which part of DNA certain proteins are binding to.

    Paraformaldehyde can be used as a substitute of aqueous formaldehyde to produce the resinous binding material, which is commonly used together with melamine, phenol or other reactive agents in the manufacturing of particle board, medium density fiberboard and plywood.


    As a formaldehyde releasing agent, paraformaldehyde is a potential carcinogen. Its acute oral median lethal dose in rats is 592 mg/kg.

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    You can buy Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade for $121 online, locally or call 512-668-9918 to order bulk sizes. Your packages will be shipped in 1-2 business days via UPS or LTL. Lab Alley Brand Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade is for sale in bulk sizes and is in stock. Handy individual consumer size containers for DIY projects are leak resistant. This high quality compound is made in America. It is a high purity chemical substance that is ideally suited for scientific, development, analytical, clinical, medical, research and testing applications. Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade is delivered quickly to laboratories, factories and businesses in safe chemical resistant containers. 

    Manufacturing size drums, IBC totes, pallet loads and bulk industrial production scale quantities are shipped from Lab Alley's U.S.-based distribution centers by LTL freight carriers. Request a discounted wholesale price quote, here. Read customer and product reviews, here. Read return and refund policies, here. Lab Alley, founded in 2013, is a reliable Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade supplier and distributor headquartered near Austin, Texas. Lab Alley was a 2021 Inc. 5000 honoree. Email if you have questions about buying Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade. 

    Download the Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade MSDS/SDS to get safety tips and health hazard information. Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade should be carefully handled, stored in a cool dry place and chemical waste should be disposed of properly and safely.

    Paraformaldehyde, Reagent Grade Retail Prices, Package Sizes And Bulk Quantity Ordering Options: 2.5kg $121, 500g $39.

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