10 May 2024 Bulletin

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Acetamide (IUPAC: ethanamide) is an organic compound with the formula CH3CONH2. It is the simplest amide derived from acetic acid. [1] It is a colourless, deliquescent hexagonal crystal. Acetamide is odourless when pure, but frequently has a mousy odour. It is soluble in water, alcohol, chloroform, glycerol, hot benzene, and slightly soluble in ether. Acetamide is combustible and when heated to decomposition, it emits toxic fumes of oxides of nitrogen. [1,2]

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