If so, is it because alchohols have hydrogen bonds?

Which type of compound evaporates faster, and why?


Yes, alkanes do evaporate faster than their corresponding alcohols (i.e. an alkane boils at a lower temperature than an alcohol with the same number of carbon atoms). This effect is due to hydrogen bonding between the alcohol hydroxyl groups.

Wikipedia says:

Because of hydrogen bonding, alcohols tend to have higher boiling points than comparable hydrocarbons and ethers. The boiling point of the alcohol ethanol is 78.29 °C, compared to 69 °C for the hydrocarbon hexane (a common constituent of gasoline), and 34.6 °C for diethyl ether.


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