What Is the Chemical Formula of Ethanol?

Ethanol or Grain Alcohol Chemical Structure

This is the chemical structure of ethanol.
This is the two-dimensional chemical structure of ethanol. Benjah-bmm27/PD

Question: What Is the Chemical Formula of Ethanol?

Ethanol is ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol. It is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. Here's a look at its chemical formula.

Answer: There is more than one way to represent the chemical formula of ethanol. The molecular formula is CH3CH2OH. The empirical formula of ethanol is C2H6O. The chemical formula also may be written as CH3–CH2–OH.

You may see ethanol written as EtOH, where the Et represents the ethyl group (C2H5).

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