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
3D model (Jmol)
ChEBI
ChemSpider
ECHA InfoCard 100.000.255
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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 otherwise noted, data are 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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