What is a hydrocarbon chain?
A hydrocarbon chain is an organic molecule that consists of entirely hydrogen and carbon that are arranged in a chain.
There are many types of hydrocarbon chains, including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkanes, and arenes. They can be branched, linear, or cyclical. these types are not water-soluble.
Saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbon chains are two types of hydrocarbon chains. A saturated hydrocarbon chain means that its hydrogen atoms have been saturated in hydrogen whereas an unsaturated hydrocarbon chain is one in which hydrogen atoms can still be added to the chain by breaking the double-bond(s) that exist between carbon at the beginning of the chain.« Back to Glossary Index