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Name Petroleum ether
AKA Pet ether, petroleum spirits, ligroine
Formula This material is a liquid of variable composition, formulated to give a boiling point within a specified range. The main components are usually pentane and hexane, with smaller amounts of other short-chain hydrocarbons.
Properties rm: colourless liquid
Stability: Stable, but highly flammable
Melting point: depends upon the composition of the liquid; typically near -70 C
Boiling point: depends upon the composition of the liquid; typically within the range 35 - 60 C
Flash point: varies, but generally well below -30 C
Explosion limits: vary, but usually within the range 1% (lower) to 8% (upper)
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