A summary of the most common chemical descriptors (InChI Key and SMILES codes) for Adamantane are summarized together with 3D and 2D structures and relevant physico-chemical properties.

What is the Adamantane?

The molecule Adamantane presents a molecular formula of C10H16 and its IUPAC name is adamantane.

Adamantane is a molecule with a unique cubic structure. It is sometimes called "mesh" because of its three-dimensional lattice structure. Adamantane is the smallest and simplest polyhedral molecule. It is made up of only carbon and hydrogen atoms, and is thus classified as a hydrocarbon. The name "adamantane" comes from the Greek word for diamond, "adamas". Adamantane is extremely hard and insoluble in most solvents. It is used in the manufacture of certain types of semiconductor devices..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of Adamantane in x, y and z coordinates (Å units) to copy/paste elsewhere. Generated with Open Babel software.

2D drawing


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Molecule descriptors

IUPAC nameadamantane
InChI codeInChI=1S/C7H14O2/c1-3-4-5-6-9-7(2)8/h3-6H2,1-2H3

Other names (synonyms)

IUPAC nomenclature provides a standardized method for naming chemical compounds. Although this system is widely used in chemistry, many chemical compounds have also other names commonly used in different contexts. These synonyms can come from a variety of sources and are used for a variety of purposes.

One common source of synonyms for chemical compounds is the common or trivial names, assigned on the basis of appearance, properties, or origin of the molecule.

Another source of synonyms are historical or obsolete names employed in the past, however replaced nowadays by more modern or standardized names.

In addition to common and historical names, chemical compounds may also have synonyms that are specific to a particular field or industry.

Reference codes for other databases

There exist several different chemical codes commonly used in orded to identify molecules:

Physico-Chemical properties

IUPAC nameadamantane
Molecular formulaC10H16
Molecular weight136.234
Melting point (ºC)268
Boiling point (ºC)-
Density (g/cm3)-
Molar refractivity43.84
Topological polar surface area26.3

LogP and topological polar surface area (TPSA) values were estimated using Open Babel software.

The n-octanol/water partition coeficient (Kow) data is applied in toxicology and drug research. Kow values are used, to guess the environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants. High partition coefficients values, tend to accumulate in the fatty tissue of organisms. Molecules with a log(Kow) (or LogP) greater than 5 are considered to bioaccumulate.

TPSA values are the sum of the surface area over all polar atoms or molecules, mainly oxygen and nitrogen, also including hydrogen atoms.

In medicinal chemistry, TPSA is used to assess the ability of a drug to permeabilise cells.

For molecules to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (and act on receptors in the central nervous system), TPSA values below 90 Å2 are required. Thus, molecules with a polar surface area greater than 140 Å2 tend to be poorly permeable to cell membranes.