2-methylpropane

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 2-methylpropane is an organic compound made up of hydrogen and carbon. It's carbon chain is 3 carbons long that are all attached to hydrogens and the second carbon along is attached to a methyl group[1]. Also known as i-butane, occupying the chemical formula HC(CH3)3, is the simplest alkane with a tertiary carbon. I-butane is a precursor molecule in the petrochemcial industry, such as the production of isooctane. The production of isooctane is useful because it is used as a fuel. 2-methylpropane is useful to chemical engineers because not only is it used in chemical synthesis of useful fuels, but it has a relatively low vapor density (21 degrees celcius) which means it can be stored easily and safely [2].  On the contrary, 2-methylpropane should be handled with caution, such as eyeshields and gloves should be used. 


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