MIXED HEXENE (C-6 Aliphatic Hydrocarbons)

General Information and Properties


Hexene is a colourless liquid that is volatile in nature and has a petroleum-like odour. It’s an alkene with a molecular formula C6H12. ‘Hex’ means 6 carbon atoms in the molecule and ‘ene’ meaning an alkene is present. It is a flammable liquid and has a boiling range of 60 to 80° C. Hexene is insoluble in water and very soluble in ethanol, benzene and petroleum ether. There are several isomers of Hexene.


Physical and Chemical Properties:

Sr. No. Physical Characteristics
1. Colour & Appearance Colourless clear liquid
2. Colour in APHA 20 Hazen max.
3. Distillation Range IBP 42°C min.
FBP 64°C max.
2. Specific Gravity at 25°C 0.660 + 0.005
3. G.C. Composition
Propylene 1.0% max.
Hexene (Propylene dimers) 98.0% min.
Toluene 1.0% max.
4. Distillation Range 420C to 640C
5. Flash Point (Close Cup method) 4°C
6. Octane No. 97
7. RVP 10.3 psi

Very soluble in ethanol, ethyl ether, benzene and petroleum ether

How Is it Manufactured?

Hexene is manufactured by the oligomerization of ethylene. The process combines ethylene molecules to produce linear alpha-olefins of various chain lengths with an even number of carbon atoms.


Industry Applications

NB: Colourless liquid, volatile in nature and containing mixtures of isomers of Hexane and Hexene.


  • Used as a Low boiling Point Solvent
    • As Thinners
    • For Solvent Extractions
    • In Tyre Retreading
    • As Octane Booster for Gasoline.
    • For Manufacturing C-5 / C-6 Aliphatic Petroleum Hydrocarbon Resins

Available in Tanker Loads and Drum Packing.

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