straight chain


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straight chain,

n series of carbon atoms found in acyclic organic compounds that are successively linked without any branches.
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Moreover, utilization of straight chain hydrocarbons makes fuel unsuitable for burning purposes, therefore it is impossible to run them in gasoline pool.
Both the straight chain and cyclic compounds are present in this extract.
HDI or hexamethylene diisocyanate is a straight chain isocyanate versus an aromatic or cyclical isocyanate such as MDI.
Fatty acids generally consist of a straight chain of an even number of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms along the length of the chain and at one end of the chain, and a carboxyl group (-COOH) at the other end.
The crashes resulted in two versions of the same carbon molecule-a straight chain and a closed ring.
This is defined by the twin parameters of the carbon number distribution and the ratio of straight chain to branched chain hydrocarbon present.
But most of the chemicals have been either simple, straight chains of atoms or ringed structures.
Traditional diesel fuel is made up of long, straight chains of carbon atoms, while the molecules that make up gasoline