Molecule of the Week
This molecule was originally selected on December 22, 2003
Regarding this week’s selected substance:
The candles that decorate your holiday table might be made
of paraffin, a waxy mixture of saturated, straight-chain hydrocarbon
compounds. One of the shorter members of the paraffin group is n-eicosane
(shown), which has a 20-carbon backbone. “Paraffin” is
derived from the Latin words for “not much” and “affinity”,
a reference to its chemical unreactivity.
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