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IUPAC name
Other names
Cyclopentane,1,2,3-trimethyl-, cis-1,2,trans-1,3- (8CI) cis-1,2-trans-3-Trimethylcyclopentane, Cyclopentane,1,2,3-trimethyl-, (1a,2a,3b)-
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 112.2126
Density 0.755 g/cm3
Boiling point 116.3°C at 760 mmHg
Main hazards prolonged exposure may result in cancer or environmental/health defects
Flash point 9.2°C
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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(1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane is an organic hydrocarbon alicyclic cycloalkane compound with the molecular formula C8H16. More specifically, it is a saturated cyclopentane with three methyl substituents branching off carbons 1,2, and 3. The methyl groups off carbons 1 and 3 are trans with respect to each other, while the methyl group off carbon 2 has undefined stereochemistry, allowing it to be either cis or trans with respect to methyl 1 or 3.[1]

Each carbon atom within the cyclopentane ring is sp3 hybridized with the theoretical C-C-C bond angles near 108 degrees. Therefore ring strain is less prominent compared to other cycloalkanes as there is minimal deviation from the ideal tetrahedral bond angle, 109.5 degrees. However, in a planar molecule such as (1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane eclipsing interactions of adjacent C-H, adjacent methyl groups, and adjacent methyl groups & C-H bonds can contribute considerable strain. Therefore, the ring distorts slightly to adopt a minimum energy conformation that reduces the unfavorable eclipsing interactions. There are two puckered conformations exist for five-member ring systems. Such conformations include the envelope (IHIPOE, ACUHUB) and the half-chair (LISLOO, ABIKUR); please refer to figure at right. Little energy differences exist between each conformation, and it is not uncommon for five-member ring systems such as (1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane to adopt a moderate conformation that lies somewhere between the two. [2]

File:Cyclopentane conformations.png
conformations of cyclopentane, left: envelope (IHIPOE); right: half-chair (LISLOO)


Various stereoisomers exist for (1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane. Because (1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane is a cycloalkane, its three methyl substituents are capable of exhibiting cis/trans isomerism. This implies that the methyl groups in positions 1,2, and 3 may occupy different spacial arrangements (i.e.they may either lay cis or trans with respect to each other). Such stereoisomers include: Cyclopentane, 1,2,3-trimethyl-,(1α,2β,3α)-, Cyclopentane, 1,2,3-trimethyl-,(1α,2α,3β)-, Cyclopentane, 1,2,3-trimethyl-, and 1,2(cis),3(trans)-trimethylcyclopentane. [3]


(1R,3R)-1,2,3-trimethylcyclopentane has been identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in their Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources as a a component of mobile source air toxics that can be found in gasoline exhaust and liquified petroleum gasoline (LPG) exhaust. [4] Mobile source air toxics are compounds emitted from highway vehicle and and non-road equipment via exhaust or evaporative emissions that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health or environmental defects. Non-cancer health defects that may result from prolonged exposure to mobile source air toxics include: neurological, cardiovascular, liver, kidney, and respiratory effects as well as adverse effects on the immune and reproductive systems. Mobile sources are responsible for direct emissions of air toxics and contribute to precursor emissions which react to form secondary pollutants. [5]

Information in Chembox [6]


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  4. ^ "Master List of Compounds Emitted by Mobile Sources". EPA. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mobile Source Air Toxics". EPA. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cyclopentane,1,2,3-trimethyl-, (1a,2a,3b)-(CAS No. 15890-40-1)". GuideChem. Retrieved 4 November 2012.