Decane is a hydrocarbon that can be burned as a fuel. It's chemical formula is C10H22, and is a colourless liquid with a strong odour.[1] Decane is a major component of diesel and is also used in paint manufacturing as a hydrocarbon solvent.

Figure 1. Space filling model of decane, the white is hydrogen and the black is carbon.[2]

Like all hydrocarbons, decane undergoes hydrocarbon combustion when used as a fuel. The balanced equation for the complete combustion of decane is:


Below is a table of some of the basic properties of decane.

Chemical formula C10H22
Molar mass 142.3 grams/mole
Energy density 44.2 MJ/kg [3]
Melting Point -30oC[4]
Boiling Point 174oC[4]


  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information. (2015). Decane - Compound Summary[Online]. Available: [February 16, 2015].
  2. "Decane-3D-balls-B" Derivative of File:Butane-3D-balls.png, itself a derivative of File:Propan-1-ol-3D-balls.png.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -
  3. Glenn Elert. (2015). The Physics Hypertextbook - Chemical Potential Energy [Online]. Available: [February 16, 2015].
  4. 4.0 4.1 Charles E. Ophardt. (2003). Virtual Chembook - Hydrocarbon Boiling Points [Online]. Available: [February 16,2015].

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Jordan Hanania, Kailyn Stenhouse, Jason Donev
Last updated: August 26, 2015
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