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Ethane is an organic chemical compound, with the formula C2H6.

PropertiesEdit

ChemicalEdit

Ethane will burn in an oxygen atmosphere to release carbon dioxide and water vapor.

PhysicalEdit

Ethane is a colorless, odorless gas at standard conditions.

AvailabilityEdit

Ethane can be purchased in compressed gas cylinders.

PreparationEdit

Ethane can be prepared from electrolysis of acetic acid or potassium acetate, process known as Kolbe electrolysis. It can also be prepared by heating a mixture of sodium propionate with sodium hydroxide.

ProjectsEdit

  • Haloethanes

HandlingEdit

SafetyEdit

Ethane is non toxic, though in high quantities it can be asphyxiant. When mixed with air, at 3.0%–12.5% by volume, in an enclosed chamber, it may explode.

StorageEdit

Liquified ethane should be stored away from heat sources.

DisposalEdit

Ethane is not dangerous for environment, though it can contribute to global warming. It can safely be burned, as it produces just carbon dioxide and water vapor.

ReferencesEdit

Relevant Sciencemadness threadsEdit

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