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|Molar mass||98.19 g mol−1|
|Melting point||−126.3 °C (−195.3 °F; 146.8 K)|
|Boiling point||101 °C (214 °F; 374 K)|
|Solubility in water||Insoluble in water|
|Main hazards||severe fire hazard|
|Flash point||−3 °C (27 °F; 270 K)|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Methylcyclohexane is a simple organic hydrocarbon with a molecular formula is C7H14; it is a colourless liquid with a faint benzene-like odor. Methylcyclohexane is used as a solvent and occasionally as a reagent in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry. It is a component of jet fuel and is used in some consumer products such as correction fluids. It can be handled safely, but is considered a flammable and toxic liquid with consequences in case of human or other environmental exposure.
Structure and conformation
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Methylcyclohexane is referred to as a monosubstituted cyclohexane because it has one branching via the attachment of one methyl group on one carbon of the cyclohexane ring. Like all substituted cyclohexanes, it can interconvert rapidly at ambient and higher temperatures between two chair conformers. However, the lowest free energy form of this monosubstituted methylcyclohexane occurs when the methyl group occupies an equatorial rather than an axial position. In the axial position, the methyl group experiences steric crowding (steric strain) because of the presence of axial hydrogen atoms on the same side of the ring (known as the 1,3-diaxial interactions). There are two such interactions, with each pairwise methyl/hydrogen combination contributing approximately 7.61 kJ/mol of strain energy. The equatorial conformation experiences no such interaction, and so it is the energetically favored conformation.
Methylcyclohexane is used as an organic solvent and occasionally as a reagent in organic synthesis, e.g. it is useful for dissolving for cellulose ethers and is used in some correction fluids. It is rumoured to be one of many compounds found in the lubricant and water-displacement product WD-40. However, this cannot be confirmed due to WD-40's formula being a classified trade secret. It is also one of a group of fuel substances used as a component in jet fuel surrogate blends, e.g., for Jet A fuel.
Flammability and toxicity
Methylcyclohexane is volatile and very flammable, and is considered harmful to humans vis-a-vis its toxicity: it is a skin irritant, can cause drowsiness or dizziness on single exposure (via CNS toxicity), can be fatal if ingested and aspirated into the lungs; furthermore, it is considered "very toxic to aquatic life". Note, while methylcyclohexane is a substructure of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), it is distinct in its physical, chemical, and biological (ecologic, metabolic, and toxicologic) properties.
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