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Pentane (data page)

This page provides supplementary chemical data on n-pentane.


Material Safety Data Sheet

The handling of this chemical may incur notable safety precautions. It is highly recommend that you seek the Material Safety Datasheet (MSDS) for this chemical from a reliable source such as SIRI, and follow its directions. MSDS for pentane is available at Mallinckrodt Baker.

Structure and properties

Structure and properties
Index of refraction,[1] nD 1.3575 at 20°C
Abbe number ?
Dielectric constant,[2] εr 1.844 ε0 at 20 °C
Bond strength  ?
Bond length  ?
Bond angle  ?
Magnetic susceptibility  ?
Surface tension[3] 18.16 dyn/cm at 0°C
17.03 dyn/cm at 10°C
15.82 dyn/cm at 20°C
14.73 dyn/cm at 30°C
13.66 dyn/cm at 40°C
Viscosity[4] 0.2894 mPa·s at 0°C
0.2395 mPa·s at 20°C
0.2200 mPa·s at 30°C

Thermodynamic properties

Phase behavior
Triple point 143.46 K (–128.69 °C), ? Pa
Critical point 469.8 K (196.7 °C), 3360 kPa
Std enthalpy change
of fusion
, ΔfusHo
8.4 kJ/mol
Std entropy change
of fusion, ΔfusSo
58.5 J/(mol·K)
Std enthalpy change
of vaporization
, ΔvapHo
26.200 kJ/mol at 25°C
25.79 kJ/mol at 36.1°C
Std entropy change
of vaporization, ΔvapSo
87.88 J/(mol·K) at 25°C
Solid properties
Std enthalpy change
of formation
, ΔfHosolid
 ? kJ/mol
Standard molar entropy,
 ? J/(mol K)
Heat capacity, cp  ? J/(mol K)
Liquid properties
Std enthalpy change
of formation
, ΔfHoliquid
–173.5 kJ/mol
Standard molar entropy,
263.47 J/(mol K)
Enthalpy of combustion, ΔcHoliquid –3509 kJ/mol
Heat capacity, cp 167.19 J/(mol K) at 25°C
Gas properties
Std enthalpy change
of formation
, ΔfHogas
–146.8 kJ/mol
Standard molar entropy,
347.82 J/(mol K)
Enthalpy of combustion, ΔcHogas –3535 kJ/mol
Heat capacity, cp 120.07 J/(mol K) at 25°C

Vapor pressure of liquid

P in mm Hg 1 10 40 100 400 760 1520 3800 7600 15200 30400 45600
T in °C –76.6 –50.1 –29.2 –12.6 18.5 36.1 58.0 92.4 124.7 164.3   —   —

Table data obtained from CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 47th ed.


Spectral data

λmax  ? nm
Extinction coefficient, ε  ?
Major absorption bands  ? cm−1
Proton NMR  
Carbon-13 NMR  
Other NMR data  
Masses of
main fragments


  1. ^ Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, 10th ed. pp 1234-1237
  2. ^ Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, 10th ed. pp 1289-1376
  3. ^ A.P. Fröba, L. Penedo Pellegrino, and A. Leipertz (June 2003). Viscosity and Surface Tension of Saturated n-Pentane. National Institute of Standards and Technology (15th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties). Retrieved on 30 May 2007.
  4. ^ Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, 10th ed. pp 1669-1674
  5. ^ Pure Component Properties (Queriable database). Chemical Engineering Research Information Center. Retrieved on 30 May 2007.
  • NIST Standard Reference Database.

Except where noted otherwise, data relate to standard ambient temperature and pressure.

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