Formamide is used for cryopreservation of tissues and organs and in hybridization buffers. It acts as an RNA stabiliser in gel electrophoresis by deionizing RNA. It is used as an alternative solvent for the electrostatic self-assembly of polymer nanofilms. It is used in the preparation of brain sections of mice for BrdU immunohistochemistry and fish analysis of HeLa cells. It essentially plays a vital role in crystallization of pharmaceuticals, in soil stabilization, as a solvent in inks, as a component of liquid fertilizers, as a heat-resistant coatings and in some personal care products.
It is miscible with water.
Incompatible with bases, oxidizing agents, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, pyridine and sulphur oxides.
Safety and Handling
GHS H Statement
May damage fertility or the unborn child.
GHS P Statement
Use personal protective equipment as required.
Obtain special instructions before use.
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.
IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention.
Store locked up.
Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.
RTECSNumber : LQ0525000
TSCA : TSCA