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average Mw 150,000 (Typical)

Vinyl cyanide
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mol wt

average Mw 150,000 (Typical)

refractive index

n20/D 1.514

transition temp

Tm 317 °C
Tg 85 °C


1.184 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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General description

PAN molecule has strong polar nitrile groups.It is relatively insoluble in nature. PAN based carbon fibers possess very high strength compared to other polymeric precursors. When subjected to heat treatment, it can produce high carbon yield giving rise to thermally stable, highly oriented, graphite like molecular structure. Generating carbon-fiber from PAN based fiber is a combination of three processes-- namely stabilization, carbonization and graphitization.


Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) is used as polymeric carbon precursor to form carbon fibers, electrospun activated carbon materials having meso-macro pores, carbon black additives.These are consecutively used in hydrogen storage, EMI shielding, electrochemistry, separation processes. It may find applications in PAN based single walled carbon nanotube composites.


50, 100 g in poly bottle

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  4. What is Product 181315, Polyacrylonitrile, soluble in?

    Some common solvents that can be used are DMSO, N,N-dimethylformamide, ethylene carbonate, propylene carbonate, and nitromethane.

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    This product has excellent thermal stability below 150°C, but will degrade above this temperature.

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    The product may contain trace amounts of the monomer acrylonitrile.  We do not test for the levels of starting material still present in the final polymer.

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Fluorination effects of carbon black additives for electrical properties and EMI shielding efficiency by improved dispersion and adhesion.
Im JS, et al.
Carbon, 47(11), 2640-2647 (2009)
Ji Sun Im et al.
Journal of colloid and interface science, 318(1), 42-49 (2007-11-09)
Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were prepared by using electrospinning method and heat treatment to get the media for hydrogen adsorption storage. Potassium hydroxide and zinc chloride activations were conducted to increase specific surface area and pore volume of CNFs.
Ji Sun Im et al.
Journal of colloid and interface science, 314(1), 32-37 (2007-06-19)
Mesoporous activated carbon samples were prepared from electrospun PAN-based carbon fibers using physical activation with silica. Textural characterization was performed using nitrogen adsorption at 77 K. The BET specific surface area and pore size distribution of silica activated carbon materials
Polyacrylonitrile single-walled carbon nanotube composite fibers.
Sreekumar TV, et al.
Advanced Materials, 16(1), 58-61 (2004)
A review of heat treatment on polyacrylonitrile fiber.
Rahaman MS, et al.
Polymer Degradation and Stability, 92(8), 1421-1432 (2007)


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