Pentanes are components of some fuels and are employed as specialty solvents in the laboratory. Their properties are very similar to those of butanes and hexanes. Pentanes are relatively inexpensive and are the most volatile liquid alkanes at room temperature, so they are often used in the laboratory as solvents that can be conveniently and rapidly evaporated.)
SDA 40B is used extensively in the production of perfumes, cosmetics, and hand sanitizer. This product is denatured with Bitrex, an intensely bitter but odorless compound that renders the alcohol undrinkable. A permit may be required to use this product.