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

What is the Cyclobutanone?

The molecule Cyclobutanone presents a molecular formula of C4H6O and its IUPAC name is cyclobutanone.

Cyclobutanone is a molecule with the chemical formula C4H6O. It is a colourless liquid with a sweet, fruity odor. It is insoluble in water, but miscible with most organic solvents. Cyclobutanone is used as a solvent and as a starting material for the synthesis of other organic compounds. It is also used as a food additive and as a flavouring agent..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of Cyclobutanone 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 namecyclobutanone
InChI codeInChI=1S/C6H12O/c7-6-4-2-1-3-5-6/h6-7H,1-5H2

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 namecyclobutanone
Molecular formulaC4H6O
Molecular weight70.0898
Melting point (ºC)-
Boiling point (ºC)99
Density (g/cm3)0.938
Molar refractivity19.43
Topological polar surface area20.2

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.