StructureDimethyl terephthalate (DMT)
CAS No. 120-61-6
EC No. 204-411-8
Synonyms Dimethyl p-phthalate; Di-Me terephthalate; Dimethyl 4-phthalate; Terephthalic acid dimethyl ester; Dimethyl p-benzenedicarboxylate; Methyl 4-carbomethoxybenzoate; Dimethyl 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate

Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT)

Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) is a sensitizer for direct thermal paper. DMT is suitable for use as a sensitizer in most thermal paper grades


Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) can be applied in the conventional way as a sensitizer by the application of an aqueous coating composition to a pre-coated base paper followed by drying and calendaring. The coating composition will also contain appropriate amounts of various additives including for example color former and color developer.

It is most commonly used in combination with WinCon-2.

Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) supplied by Connect Chemicals is a special powder version suitable for thermal paper applications.


Shelf Life

Under proper storage conditions, the shelf life is 12 months.

Health & Safety

Detailed information on the product described can be found in our relevant Health and Safety Information (Material Safety Data Sheet)