Benz(a)anthracene

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Benz[a]anthracene
Benzanthracene.png
Ball-and-stick model of the benz[a]anthracene molecule
Names
IUPAC name
benz[a]anthracene
Other names
Benzanthracene; Benzanthrene; 1,2-Benzanthracene; Benzo[b]phenanthrene; Tetraphene
Identifiers
56-55-3 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:51348 YesY
ChemSpider 5739 YesY
Jmol-3D images Image
KEGG C14317 YesY
PubChem 5954
UNII C5PLF6152K YesY
Properties
C18H12
Molar mass 228.29 g·mol−1
Appearance White solid
Density 1.19 g/cm3
Melting point 158 °C (316 °F; 431 K)
Boiling point 438 °C (820 °F; 711 K)
Hazards
Flash point 209.1 °C (408.4 °F; 482.2 K)
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Benz[a]anthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C18H12.

In February 2014, NASA announced a greatly upgraded database] for tracking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including benz[a]anthracene, in the universe.[1] According to scientists, more than 20% of the carbon in the universe may be associated with PAHs, possible starting materials for the formation of life. PAHs seem to have been formed shortly after the Big Bang, are widespread throughout the universe, and are associated with new stars and exoplanets.[2]

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