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Skeletal formula of nonacosane
IUPAC name
630-03-5 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL428955 YesY
ChemSpider 11903 YesY
EC number 211-126-2
Jmol-3D images Image
KEGG C08384 YesY
MeSH nonacosane
PubChem 12409
Molar mass 408.79 g·mol−1
Appearance White, opaque, waxy crystals
Odor Odorless
Density 0.8083 g cm−3
Melting point 62 °C; 143 °F; 335 K
Boiling point 440.9 °C; 825.5 °F; 714.0 K
log P 15.482
Related compounds
Related alkanes
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Nonacosane is a straight-chain hydrocarbon with a molecular formula of C29H60, and the structural formula CH3(CH2)27CH3. It has 1,590,507,121 constitutional isomers.

Nonacosane occurs naturally and has been reported to be a component of a pheromone of Orgyia leucostigma,[2] and evidence suggests it plays a role in the chemical communication of several insects, including the female Anopheles stephensi (a mosquito).[3]

Nonacosane has also been identified within several essential oils. It can also be prepared synthetically.[4]


  1. ^ "nonacosane - Compound Summary". PubChem Compound. USA: National Center for Biotechnology Information. 16 September 2004. Identification and Related Records. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Pheromone identification
  3. ^ Brei B, Edman JD, Gerade B, Clark JM (2004). "Relative abundance of two cuticular hydrocarbons indicates whether a mosquito is old enough to transmit malaria parasites". J. Med. Entomol. 41 (4): 807–9. doi:10.1603/0022-2585-41.4.807. PMID 15311480. 
  4. ^ Bentley, H.R., Henry, J.A., Irvine, D.S., Mukerji, D., and Spring, F.S. (1955). "Triterpenoids. Part XXXII. cyclolaudenol, a triterpenoid alcohol from opium". J. Chem. Soc.: 596–602. doi:10.1039/jr9550000596.