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The correct title of this article is Dibenz[a,h]anthracene. The substitution or omission of any < > [ ] { } is because of technical restrictions.
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CAS number 53-70-3
ChemSpider 5678
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Molar mass 278.3466
Density 1.232 g/cm3
Melting point 262 °C (504 °F; 535 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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Dibenz[a,h]anthracene is an organic compound with the chemical formula C22H14. It is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon made of five fused benzene rings. It is a fused five ringed, cyclopenta, PAHs compound which is common as a pollutant of smoke and oils. It is white to light yellow crystalline solid. It is stable and highly genotoxic in bacterial and mammalian cell systems, as it intercalates into DNA and causes mutations.

In February 2014, NASA announced a greatly upgraded database for tracking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including Dibenz[a,h]anthracene, in the universe. 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.[1]


  1. ^ Hoover, Rachel (February 21, 2014). "Need to Track Organic Nano-Particles Across the Universe? NASA's Got an App for That". NASA. Retrieved February 22, 2014.