al·​kane·​thi·​ol | \ ¦al-ˌkān-¦thī-ˌȯl How to pronounce alkanethiol (audio) , -ˌōl \
plural alkanethiols

Definition of alkanethiol

: 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

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First Known Use of alkanethiol

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alkanethiol

alkane + thiol

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“Alkanethiol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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