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Skeletal formula of tetracosane
IUPAC name
646-31-1 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:32936 YesY
ChemSpider 12072 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.010.432
EC Number 211-474-5
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PubChem 12592
Molar mass 338.66 g·mol−1
Appearance Colourless, waxy crystals
Odor Oil of Hamamelis leaves[citation needed]
Melting point 48 to 54 °C; 118 to 129 °F; 321 to 327 K
Boiling point 391.4 °C; 736.4 °F; 664.5 K
not soluble
Solubility very soluble in benzene, toluene, ether, soluble in alcohol.
0 D
730.9 J K−1 mol−1
651.0 J K−1 mol−1
Flash point > 113 °C (235 °F; 386 K)
Related compounds
Related alkanes
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Tetracosane, also called tetrakosane, is an alkane hydrocarbon with the structural formula H(CH2)24H. As with other alkanes, its name is derived from Greek for the number of carbon atoms, 24, in the molecule. It has 14,490,245 constitutional isomers,[2] and 252,260,276 stereoisomers.[3]

n-Tetracosane is found in mineral called evenkite in the Evenki Region on Lower Tunguska River in Siberia and the Bucnik quarry near Konma in eastern Moravia, in former Czechoslovakia. Evenkite is found as colourless flakes and is reported to fluoresce yellow-orange.

A sample of evenkite, the mineral form of n-tetracosane

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  1. ^ "tetracosane - Compound Summary". PubChem Compound. USA: National Center for Biotechnology Information. 16 September 2004. Identification and Related Records. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "A000602 - OEIS". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "A000628 - OEIS". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 

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