This chemical is a clear, colorless liquid. It is an oily liquid that is part of the paraffin series. It can be found naturally in black walnut, although industrial processes can produce this chemical synthetically in large quantities. It emits a soft, gasoline-like odor.
This substance can be applied in a variety of industries, where it is utilized as a cleaning agent or solvent. Other uses for dodecane can include scintillation and distillation, where it can act as a catalyst. Recent research suggests that this oily liquid can perhaps be used as a replacement for jet fuel, although more studies have to be conducted before it is widely used.
Dodecane is mildly toxic and flammable. It can produce harmful vapors and may be irritating to the skin and eyes. Gloves, goggles, and a breathing mask should be worn when handling this chemical. It should be stored in a cool, dry area, away from other combustible products.