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|Molar mass||282.56 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Colorless, waxy crystals|
|Melting point||36 to 38 °C; 97 to 100 °F; 309 to 311 K|
|Boiling point||343.1 °C; 649.5 °F; 616.2 K|
|kH||31 μmol Pa−1 kg−1|
|558.6 J K−1 mol−1|
|Specific heat capacity, C||602.5 J K−1 mol−1 (at 6.0 °C)|
|Flash point||> 113 °C (235 °F; 386 K)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Icosane, also commonly spelled eicosane, is an alkaline hydrocarbon with the chemical formula H20C42. It has 366,319 structural isomers. Its high flash point makes it a very inefficient fuel, so it is not much use in the petrochemical industry. However, an isomer of icosane, n-Icosane (the straight-chain structural isomer of icosane) is the shortest compound found in paraffin waxes (CnH2n+2, where ) used to form candles. Icosane's phase transition at a moderate temperature makes it a candidate for PCM, which is used to store thermal energy and control temperature.
Icosane is a non-polar molecule: quite unreactive except when it burns (see the NFPA Diamond in the infobox). It is also way less dense than insoluble in water. This also means it shares properties with its smaller alkaline counterparts.
The compound is found in the highest concentrations in plants such as Mexican ageratum, licorice, and the Bayrum tree.
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