C2H6 is the chemical formula for the compound ethane; it consists of a two carbon atoms connected by a single bond, with three hydrogen atoms bonded to each carbon for a total of six. Ethane has one of the most simple chemical structures of any organic molecules.
Ethane is found in all parts of the world, in natural gas deposits, petroleum and many minerals. It exists as a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature and is the primary chemical used to create ethylene, the most widely used organic compound in the world. More than 109 million tons of ethylene are produced from ethane each year.