The chemical formula for hexane is C 6 H 14. Hexane is a colorless liquid compound with a gasoline-like smell comprised of six carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms.
Used for a variety of industrial purposes, hexane is highly flammable, and due to its low flash point, it can easily form explosive air mixtures. Workers involved in processes using the compound are often required to wear safety glasses and maintain a well-ventilated work area as hexane can be a harmful irritant and can cause dizziness if inhaled. Occupational hexane poisoning has been reported involving workers in China, Italy, Japan and Taiwan. The compound is obtained primarily through the refining of crude oil.