A waxy white powder first isolated for commercial use in 1924. Calcium stearate is used industrially as a flatting agent in paints, a waterproofing agent in cements, and as a solid-phase lubricant for plastics. For foods, calcium stearate is used as a bread dough conditioner, an emulsifier, an anti-dusting agent, a thickener, and as a release agent.
Synonyms and Related Terms
calcium octadecanoic acid; stearic acid calcium salt;
Insoluble in water, ether, chloroform, acetone and cold alcohol. Slight soluble in hot alcohol and hot oils. Soluble in hot pyridene.
Hazards and Safety
Available in technical and food grades. Combustible.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 557
- Website address 1 Comment: USDA website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/NationalList/TAPReviews/CalciumStearate2.pdf (Accessed Sept 23, 2005)