Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Dimethyl Ether

  • William M. Irvine
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1827-4



Under standard conditions, dimethyl ether, the simplest ether, is a colorless gas. It is used in various chemical syntheses and as an aerosol propellant. Radio astronomers have found that dimethyl ether is commonly present in hot cores, the dense and warm regions of molecular clouds where massive stars are forming.

See Also


Standard Condition Bioorganic Chemistry Chemical Synthesis Dimethyl Ether Massive Star 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA