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CAS number 76-19-7 YesY
PubChem 6432
ChemSpider 6192 YesY
DrugBank DB00556
KEGG D01738 YesY
RTECS number TZ5255000
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C3F8
Molar mass 188.02 g/mol
Appearance Colorless gas with
faintly sweet odor
Density 8.17 g/l, gas
Melting point -183 °C (90.15 K)
Boiling point -36.7 °C (236.45 K)
Dipole moment 0.014 D
MSDS External MSDS
R/S statement R: ?
S: ?
Main hazards Suffocation
NFPA 704
Flammability (red): no hazard code Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity (yellow): no hazard code Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point N/A
Related compounds
Related halocarbons Tetrafluoromethane
Related compounds Propane
Supplementary data page
Structure and
n, εr, etc.
Phase behaviour
Solid, liquid, gas
Spectral data UV, IR, NMR, MS
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Octafluoropropane (C3F8) is a fluorocarbon non-flammable greenhouse gas that can be produced either by electrochemical fluorination or by the Fowler process using cobalt fluoride.[1]


In the electronics industry, octafluoropropane is mixed with oxygen and used as a plasma etching material for SiO2 layers in semiconductor applications, as oxides are selectively etched versus their metal substrates.[2]

In medicine, octafluoropropane may compose the gas cores of microbubble contrast agents used in contrast-enhanced ultrasound. Octafluoropropane microbubbles reflects sound waves well and are used to improve the ultrasound signal backscatter. It is also used in pars plana vitrectomy procedures where a retina hole or tear is repaired. The gas acts to provide a long-term tamponade, or plug, of a retinal hole/tear and allows re-attachment of the retina to occur over the following several days post-op.

Under the name R-218, octafluoropropane is used in other industries as a component of refrigeration mixtures.

It has featured in some plans for terraforming Mars.[3]

It is the active liquid in PICO-2L dark matter bubble detector (joined PICASSO and COUPP collaborations).

Liquid phase[edit]

  • Liquid density (1.013 bar at boiling point) : 1601 kg/m³
  • Liquid/gas equivalent (1.013 bar and 15 °C (59 °F)) : 196 vol/vol
  • Latent heat of vaporization (1.013 bar at boiling point) : 104.25 kJ/kg [4]

Gaseous phase[edit]

  • Gas density (1.013 bar at boiling point) : 10.3 kg/m³
  • Gas density (1.013 bar and 15 °C (59 °F)) : 8.17 kg/m³
  • Compressibility Factor (Z) (1.013 bar and 15 °C (59 °F)) : 0.975
  • Specific gravity (air = 1) (1.013 bar and 21 °C (70 °F)) : 6.683
  • Specific volume (1.013 bar and 21 °C (70 °F)) : 0.125 m³/kg
  • Viscosity (1.013 bar and 0 °C (32 °F)) : 0.000125 Poise
  • Thermal conductivity (1.013 bar and 0 °C (32 °F)) : 12.728 mW/(m·K)
  • Thermal Conductivity, Gas @ 101.325 kPa and 25 °C: 13.8 mW/(m·K)
  • Vapour Pressure @ 21.1 °C: 792 kPa [4]

Major hazards[edit]


  1. ^ R. D. Fowler, W. B. Buford III, J. M. Hamilton, Jr., R. G .Sweet, C. E. Weber, J. S. Kasper, and I. Litant (1947). "Synthesis of Fluorocarbons". Ind. Eng. Chem. 39 (3): 292–298. doi:10.1021/ie50447a612. 
  2. ^ Coburn, J. W. (1982). "Plasma-assisted etching". Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing 2 (1): 1–41. doi:10.1007/BF00566856. 
  3. ^ D. Rogers (17–21 October 2005). "Studies in the Future of Experimental Terraforming". 56th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation. Fukuoka, Japan: International Academy of Astronautics, and the International Institute of Space Law. 
  4. ^ a b "Encyclopédie des gaz". air liquide. 

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