The presence of formamide, NH2CHO, was reported in 1971 by
Rubin et al. in Sgr B2.
A second rotational line was reported in 1973 by
Gottlieb et al.
Raunier et al.
provided a tentative identification of ice-bound formamide in
ISO-SWS spectra of protostellar source
NGC 7538. Their experiments
indicated that formamide may be formed by irradiation of an ice containing isocyanic acid,
In addition, formamide was detected in comet
in Comet Hale-Bopp, as reported by
Bockelée-Morvan et al. in 2000.
Formamide is a cousin of
formaldehyde, with one H replaced with the
NH2 amino (or amide) group.
As noted in this patent, formamide can be
used "for manufacturing vitamins, pharmaceutical products, adhesives, acrylic fibres, synthetic leathers, pesticides