A fatty acid with a 12 carbon chain. Lauric acid occurs naturally in Coconut oil and Laurel oil. At room temperature, lauric acid is a solid. The waxy compound is used to make alkyd resins, wetting agents, soaps, detergents, and insecticides.
Synonyms and Related Terms
dodecanoic acid; laurostearic acid; dodecoic acid
- Combustible. Flash point = 112 C.
- Contact may cause skin and eye irritation
- CDH Fine Chemicals: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in benzene and ether. Slightly soluble in ethanol. Insoluble in water.
|Melting Point||44 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 200.31|
|Boiling Point||160-165 C|
Resources and Citations
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 5396
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993