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

What is decylbenzene?

The molecule decylbenzene presents a molecular formula of C16H26 and its IUPAC name is decylbenzene.

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of decylbenzene 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 namedecylbenzene
InChI codeInChI=1S/C16H26/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-13-16-14-11-9-12-15-16/h9,11-12,14-15H,2-8,10,13H2,1H3

Physico-Chemical properties

IUPAC namedecylbenzene
Molecular formulaC16H26
Molecular weight218.38
Melting point (ºC)
Boiling point (ºC)
Density (g/cm3)
Molar refractivity
Topological polar surface area0

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.