EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS > METHYL CYANIDE
Methyl Cyanide (CH3CN), also known as acetonitrile, is emitted from incomplete
combustion of vegetable matter, notably biomass, for example, cigarettes.
Acetonitrile is relatively unreactive in the troposphere and thus reaches the
stratosphere, where it participates in ionmolecule reactions.
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