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Ethane is a chemical compound with chemical formula C2H6 and structural formula CH3-CH3.

It is an alkane, that is, an aliphatic hydrocarbon. At ordinary pressure and temperature ethane is a colourless, odourless gas; boiling point is 88.6°; melting point is 183.3°.

It is the simplest hydrocarbon containing a more than one carbon atom. Ethane is a prominent compound of industrial importance, by converting it to ethylene or using it as a building block[?] for the petrochemical industry[?], for the synthesis both of polyethylene plastic and other small compounds.

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