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2,4-Dithiapentane is a chemical compound that is commonly used as a flavoring agent in the food industry. It is also known as Bis(methylthio)methane and is a member of the class of compounds known as thioethers.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]


The chemical structure of 2,4-Dithiapentane consists of a carbon atom bonded to two sulfur atoms, each of which is bonded to a methyl group. This structure gives the compound its unique properties and makes it useful in a variety of applications.

Properties[edit | edit source]

2,4-Dithiapentane is a colorless liquid with a strong, unpleasant odor. It has a molecular weight of 94.21 g/mol and a boiling point of 139-140 °C. It is soluble in water, alcohol, and ether.

Uses[edit | edit source]

The primary use of 2,4-Dithiapentane is as a flavoring agent in the food industry. It is used to impart a truffle-like flavor to foods and is often used in the production of processed cheese, meat products, and snack foods. It is also used in the perfume industry to create a variety of scents.

Safety[edit | edit source]

As with all chemical compounds, it is important to handle 2,4-Dithiapentane with care. It can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system if not handled properly. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment when handling this compound.

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