A constituent of shellac composing approximately 40%. Aleuritic acid forms a complex polyester upon esterification. It is also used in perfumes and chemical synthesis. Synthetically prepared aleuritic acid is often used as a component in cellulose nitrate lacquers. It can also act as a surfactant.
Synonyms and Related Terms
9,10,16-trihydroxyhexadecanoic acid; 9,10,16-trihydroxypalmitic acid
Soluble in ethanol and methanol.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 304.41|
Hazards and Safety
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 222; mp = 100-101 C
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 706
- C.V.Horie, Materials for Conservation, Butterworth-Heineman, London, 1997
- MSDS Sheet Comment: Fisher Scientific - mp= 100-105 C