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A white, waxy cyclic alkane that is chemically stable and inert. Cyclododecane is a solid that slowly sublimes at room temperature. It has been used as a temporary consolidant and masking material. Brückle et al. (1999) tested cyclododecane as a temporary fixative to protect water sensitive ink and media during washing treatments. They also evaluated its use as an isolating layer to prevent staining induced by Silicone rubber mold materials.

Synonyms and Related Terms

volatile sealing wax; cyclododecan


  • Skin contact may cause irritation. Flammable.
  • Millipore Sigma: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in nonpolar organic solvents. Insoluble in water, acetone, ethanol.

Composition C12H24
CAS 294-62-2
Melting Point 60.7 C
Density 0.82 g/ml
Boiling Point 239-247 C (sublimes at room temperature)

Resources and Citations

  • I.Brückle, J.Thornton, K.Nichols, G.Strickler, "Cyclododecane Technical Note on Some Uses in Paper and Objects Conservation" JAIC 38:162-175, 1999. Link
  • R. Stein, J. Kimmel, M. Marincola, F. Klemm, 'Observations on Cyclododecane as a Temporary Consolidant for Stone', JAIC 39:, 2000. Link
  • Jeffrey P. Maish, Erik Risser, 'A case Study in the Use of Cyclododecane and Latex Rubber in the Molding of Marble, JAIC 41(2), 2002.

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