alkanethiol

noun

al·​kane·​thi·​ol ¦al-ˌkān-¦thī-ˌȯl How to pronounce alkanethiol (audio)
-ˌōl
plural alkanethiols
: any of various hydrocarbon polymers also containing sulfur that are deposited on a surface (such as gold) in a monolayer typically in order to create an electronic circuit
… described how he and his colleagues have used self-assembling hydrocarbon molecules, called alkanethiols, to form ordered rows on a gold surface.Gary Stix, Scientific American, April 1996

Word History

Etymology

alkane + thiol

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alkanethiol was in 1946

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“Alkanethiol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkanethiol. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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