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  • n. Plural form of alkane.


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  • His discoveries have led to the development of methods for the isomerization of straight chain alkanes, which have low octane numbers when used in combustion engines, to produce branched alkanes with high octane numbers.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1994 - Presentation Speech

  • Many alkanes are naturally produced by living creatures.

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  • WD-40 contains an abundance of alkanes-hydrocarbons that match the formula C xH2x+2, usually in a long, zigzagging chain.

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  • It is really the overlap in terms of molecular substructures that matters: a database with alkanes but no phenyl rings will more accurately predict other alkanes not present in the training set (interpolation), but will not accurately predict compounds with phenyl rings (extrapolation).

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  • For example, at the time of writing, methane was tagged with alkanes and gas:

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  • It has been known since the 80's that tumors exude tiny amounts of alkanes and benzene derivatives not found in healthy tissue.

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  • Waste water discharge taken from the plant allegedly showed the presence of a number of persistent toxic chemicals, including volatile organochlorines like chloroform and tetrachloromethane, chlorinated benzenes and alkanes, and the pesticide lindane (HCH).

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  • Furthermore, these branched alkanes are important as starting materials in industrial syntheses.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1994 - Presentation Speech

  • A superacid for protonation of alkanes can be made from hydrofluoric acid, HF, a strong Brønsted acid.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1994

  • Olah and the Dutch chemist H. Hogeveen showed independently at the end of the 1960s that superacids such as HF: SbF5 may cause protons to bind to alkanes.

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