Is isopropanol the same as isopropyl alcohol?

Is Isopropanol The Same As Isopropyl Alcohol?

A chemist would recognise that isopropanol and isopropyl alcohol are simply different names for the same substance (chemical structure CH3-CHOH-CH3). Additionally, they would know that propan-2-ol is the same chemical compound as well. So why does one chemical compound have three different names?In chemistry, there are different standards for naming chemicals – also called chemical nomenclature. The most common chemical [...]

Dihydrogen monoxide is the chemical formula for water

The Science of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Dihydrogen monoxide. Heard of it? We are 100% certain you have. It’s probably the world’s most common chemical with a whole list of benefits – but it can be fatal too. Also known as DHMO, dihydrogen monoxide is amongst many other things:A universal industrial solvent A fire retardant A food additive Used in weapons manufacture A coolantWould you ban a chemical that causes skin [...]

Tetrahydrofuran - THF - is used in making Spandex and Lycra

What Are The Uses Of Tetrahydrofuran (THF)?

We’ve taken a look in a recent blog post at what tetrahydrofuran (often abbreviated to THF) is. Here, we’ll look in a little more depth at the uses and applications of tetrahydrofuran. As a brief reminder before we dive in, THF is a colourless, miscible and polar organic compound with a strong smell. Made up of four carbon atoms, eight [...]

What is tetrahydrofuran

What is Tetrahydrofuran (THF)?

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is made up of four carbon atoms, eight hydrogen atoms, and one oxygen atom. It has the chemical formula (CH2)4O, which makes tetrahydrofuran a heterocyclic ether. A heterocyclic ether is a ring structure containing atoms from two or more different elements in its ring(s) – in this case, carbon and hydrogen. Ether means THF is part of [...]

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