Cyclohexanone is the organic compound with the formula (CH2)5CO. The molecule consists of six-carbon cyclic molecule with a ketone functional group. This colorless oil has an odor reminiscent of that of acetone. Over time, samples of cyclohexanone assume a yellow color.
1. The great majority of cyclohexanone is consumed in the production of precursors to Nylon 6,6 and Nylon 6
2. About half of the world's supply is converted to adipic acid, one of two precursors for nylon 6,6
3. The other half of the cyclohexanone supply is converted to the oxime
4. In the presence of sulfuric acid catalyst, the oxime rearranges to caprolactam, a precursor to nylon 6