Hexane is an organic compound, a straight-chain alkane with six carbon atoms and has the molecular formula C6H14. Hexane is a significant constituent of gasoline. It is a colorless liquid, odorless when pure, and with boiling points approximately 67.2°C (152.96 °F). It is widely used as a cheap, relatively safe, largely unreactive, and easily evaporated non-polar solvent. The term hexanes refers to a mixture, composed largely (>60%) of hexane, with varying amounts of the isomeric compounds 2-methylpentane and 3-methylpentane, and, possibly, smaller amounts of nonisomeric C5, C6, and C7 (cyclo)alkanes.


Molar Weight86,18 g/mol
Melting Point−94 °C
Boiling Point67.2°C
Flash Point-22.8°C
FormsFlammable, Liquid (clear)

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Oilseed extraction
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Solvents
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Rubber


  • Coatings & Construction
  • Polymers
  • Food
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Chemical Processing
  • Rubber

Synonyms: Hexane, n-Hexane

Chemical Formula: C6H14

CAS Number: 110-54-3, 64742-49-0