Acetonitrile is the chemical compound with the formula CH3CN. This colorless liquid is the simplest organic nitrile (hydrogen cyanide is a simpler nitrile, but the cyanide anion is not classed as organic). It is produced mainly as a byproduct of acrylonitrile manufacture. It is used as a polar aprotic solvent in organic synthesis and in the purification of butadiene.

Synonyms: ACE / acetic acid nitrile / Acetonitrile / ACN (=acetonitrile) / cyanomethane / DNA synthesis reagents #13 / DNA synthesis reagents #16 / DNA synthesis reagents #18 / ethane nitrile / ethyl nitrile / methane carbonitrile / methane, cyano- / methyl cyanide / phosphoramidite solvent / protein sequencer reagent R5 / RCRA waste number U003 / solvent B / USAF EK 488

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