Aleuritic acid

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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

Chemical structure

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Santa Cruz Biotech: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol and methanol.

Composition C16H32O5
CAS 533-87-9
Melting Point 100-101 C
Density 1.114 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 304.41

Resources and Citations

  • 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

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