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is a liquid alkane
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with the chemical formula
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. It is used as a mild sex attractant for various types of moths
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es, and an alert signal for a variety of ants. It has 159 isomer
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Undecane may also be used as an internal standard in gas chromatography when working with other hydrocarbons. Since the boiling point of undecane (196°C) is well known, it may be used as a comparison for retention times in a gas chromatograph for molecules whose structure has been freshly elucidated. For example, if one is working with a 50 m crosslinked methyl silicone capillary column with an oven temperature increasing slowly, beginning around 60°C, an 11-carbon molecule like undecane may be used as an internal standard to be compared with the retention times of other 10-, 11-, or 12- carbon molecules, depending on their structures.
- Undecane at Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases