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Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model of the Benzo[ghi]perylene molecule
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.350
EC Number 205-883-8
RTECS number DI6200500
UN number 3077, 3082
Molar mass 276.3307
Appearance solid
Density 1.378 g/cm3
Melting point 278 °C (532 °F; 551 K)
Boiling point 500 °C (932 °F; 773 K)
GHS pictograms The environment pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
GHS signal word Warning
H400, H410, H413
P273, P391, P501
Flash point 247.2 °C (477.0 °F; 520.3 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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Benzo[ghi]perylene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C22H12.

In February 2014, NASA announced a greatly upgraded database for tracking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including benzo[ghi]perylene, 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.