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A hydrocarbon (HC) is a substance that is made of carbon and hydrogen. They are also called alkanes.

Some examples are methane, ethane, propane (used for fuel), butane (used in lighters), pentane, hexane, heptane, and octane.

Although they are highly flammable, HCs may offer advantages as ODS substitutes because they are inexpensive to produce and they have zero ozone depletion potential, very low global warming potential (GWP), and low toxicity.