Molecule of the Week

Ethanol

June 25, 2007

Ethanol is also known as ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol, and just "alcohol". It is used as a solvent in beverages, as a feedstock for producing other chemicals, and—more recently—as a transportation fuel. Ethanol can be produced synthetically from petroleum or by fermenting biomass-derived sugars with microbes, such as yeasts.

Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)