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Optical constants of C2H3N (Acetonitrile)
Myers et al. 2018: n,k 1.28–25.0 µm

Wavelength: µm

Complex refractive index (n+ik)[ i ]

n   k   LogX   LogY   eV

Derived optical constants

Conditions & Spec sheet

n_is_absolute: true
wavelength_is_vacuum: true
temperature: 26 °C


26 °C


T. L. Myers, R. G. Tonkyn, T. O. Danby, M. S. Taubman, B. E. Bernacki, J. C. Birnbaum, S. W. Sharpe, T. J. Johnson. Accurate measurement of the optical constants n and k for a series of 57 inorganic and organic liquids for optical modeling and detection, Appl. Spectrosc. 72, 535-550 (2018) (see Supplemental Material for numerical data)


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Acetonitrile, C2H3N

Acetonitrile (C2H3N): A colorless, volatile liquid, acetonitrile possesses a faintly sweet odor reminiscent of almonds. Widely used as a solvent, it has a high dielectric constant and is particularly effective in the dissolution of ionic compounds. In the laboratory, it is commonly employed as a polar aprotic solvent in organic synthesis and chromatographic processes, including high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Acetonitrile is also utilized in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, perfumes, and rubber products. Its low UV absorbance makes it valuable in UV-visible spectroscopy applications. The compound is miscible with water and most common organic solvents.

Chemical formula


Other names

  • Cyanomethane
  • Ethanenitrile
  • Ethyl nitrile
  • Methanecarbonitrile
  • Methyl cyanide

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