World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0000770725
Reproduction Date:

Title: Propyne  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Acetylene, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, Naphthalene, Benzene, Methanol
Collection: Alkynes, Fuel Gas, Rocket Fuels
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


IUPAC name
Other names
Methyl acetylene
EC number 200-828-4
Jmol-3D images Image
Molar mass 40.0639 g/mol
Appearance Colorless gas[1]
Odor Sweet[1]
Density 0.53 g/cm3
Melting point −102.7 °C (−152.9 °F; 170.5 K)
Boiling point −23.2 °C (−9.8 °F; 250.0 K)
Vapor pressure 5.2 atm (20°C)[1]
Explosive limits 1.7%-?[1]
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 1000 ppm (1650 mg/m3)[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 1000 ppm (1650 mg/m3)[1]
1700 ppm[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
 N  (: Y/N?)

Propyne (methylacetylene) is an alkyne with the chemical formula CH3C≡CH. It was a component of MAPP gas—along with its isomer propadiene (allene), which was commonly used in gas welding. Unlike acetylene, propyne can be safely condensed.[2]


  • Production and equilibrium with propadiene 1
    • Laboratory Methods 1.1
  • Use as a rocket fuel 2
  • Organic chemistry 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Production and equilibrium with propadiene

Propyne exists in equilibrium with propadiene, the mixture of propyne and propadiene being called MAPD:


The coefficient of equilibrium Keq is 0.22 at 270 °C or 0.1 at 5 °C. MAPD is produced as a side product, often an undesirable one, by cracking propane to produce propene, an important feedstock in the chemical industry.[2] MAPD interferes with the catalytic polymerization of propene.

Laboratory Methods

Propyne can also be synthesized on laboratory scale by reducing 1-propanol,[3] allyl alcohol or acetone[4] vapors over magnesium.

Use as a rocket fuel

European space companies have researched using light hydrocarbons with liquid oxygen as a relatively high performing liquid rocket propellant combination that would also be less toxic than the commonly used MMH/NTO (monomethylhydrazine/nitrogen tetroxide). Their research showed that propyne would be highly advantageous as a rocket fuel for craft intended for low Earth orbital operations. They reached this conclusion based upon a specific impulse expected to reach 370 s with oxygen as the oxidizer, a high density and power density—and the moderate boiling point, which makes the chemical easier to store than fuels that must be kept at extremely low temperatures. (See cryogenics.)

Organic chemistry

Propyne is a convenient three-carbon building block for -butyllithiumn gives propynyllithium. This nucleophilic reagent adds to carbonyl groups, producing alcohols and esters.[5] Whereas purified propyne is expensive, MAPP gas could be used to cheaply generate large amounts of the reagent.[6]

Propyne, along with 2-butyne, is also used to synthesize alkylated hydroquinones in the total synthesis of vitamin E.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards #0392".  
  2. ^ a b Peter Pässler, Werner Hefner, Klaus Buckl, Helmut Meinass, Andreas Meiswinkel, Hans-Jũrgen Wernicke, Günter Ebersberg, Richard Müller, Jürgen Bässler, Hartmut Behringer, Dieter Mayer, "Acetylene" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2007 (doi:10.1002/14356007.a01 097.pub2).
  3. ^ Keiser, Edward; & Breed, Mary (1895). "The Action of Magnesium Upon the Vapors of the Alcohols and a New Method of Preparing Allylene". The Journal of the Franklin Institute. CXXXIX: 304–309.  
  4. ^ Reiser, Edward II. (1896). "The preparation of Allylene, and the Action of Magnesium upon Organic Compounds". The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science. LXXIV: 78–80. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Michael J. Taschner, Terry Rosen, and Clayton H. Heathcock (1990). "Ethyl Isocrotonate".  
  6. ^ US patent 5744071, Philip Franklin Sims, Anne Pautard-Cooper, "Processes for preparing alkynyl ketones and precursors thereof", issued 1996-11-19 
  7. ^ Reppe, Walter; Kutepow, N; and Magin, A (1969). "Cyclization of Acetylenic Compounds". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 8 (10): 727–733.  

External links

  • NIST Chemistry WebBook page for propyne
  • German Aerospace Center
  • Nova Chemicals
  • CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.