Definition - What does Acetonitrile mean?
Acetonitrile refers to a chemical substance that is a colorless liquid with the chemical formula CH3CN. It is acidic in nature and used primarily in organic synthesis as a solvent. Practical applications include the prevention of corrosion on metallic parts when used as a cleaning agent.
Corrosionpedia explains Acetonitrile
Acetonitrile is an aliphatic nitrile and transparent to UV-visible light. This allows acetonitrile to be useful for spectrophotometric monitoring techniques. It also has a low viscosity, high elution strength and miscibility in water.
Some properties of acetonitrile:
- Molecular weight: 41.05 g/mol
- Exact mass: 41.026549 g/mol
- Monoisotopic mass: 41.026549 g/mol
- Compound Is Canonicalized: Yes