The multiple names of TNT

There are milions of chemical compounds and each one has its name. But some have more than one or more than two. An example of this is the well-known TNT. Although nowadays there is a system to name compounds according to specific rules, in the past their names were chosen quite randomly. The names that…

What is actually butane? Linear alkanes

You’ve probably used butane to cook at least once in your life or know someone who has. But what is actually butane? Perhaps we should talk about alkanes first. An alkane is a compound consisting of hydrogen and carbon only (a hydrocarbon) with all its carbon atoms bonded to four other atoms (that is, saturated).…