Is there a standard chemical name for kerosene? Would IUPAC define a name or terminology for it?

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    $\begingroup$ Kerosene is a mixture thus does not have an IUPAC name $\endgroup$ – Waylander May 25 '18 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ What does “IUPAC supported” mean? $\endgroup$ – JavaScriptCoder May 25 '18 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ @JavaScriptCoder iupac affirmed $\endgroup$ – Shohaib Rafi May 25 '18 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ No I mean, what does “IUPAC affirmed” mean? $\endgroup$ – JavaScriptCoder May 25 '18 at 20:33
  • $\begingroup$ chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/94824/… $\endgroup$ – Nilay Ghosh May 26 '18 at 12:01

Kerosine is not a pure compound so dosen't have a standard IUPAC name. In fact the composition will vary depending on the source.

The major components are long chain (~10-16 carbon) branched and straights chain alkanes plus a mixture of cyclic alkanes and some aromatic alkybenzenes plus naphthalenes. The common factor is they all boil between ~150 °C and 275 °C (which is how they are separated from other components of crude oil).

So, no standard name just a range of varying compositions.


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