A long-chain hydrocarbon phosphate that is derived from corn and potato juices. Phytic acid is a complexing agent used for removing heavy metal ions. The calcium and calcium/magnesium salts of phytic acid are also used as calcium supplements.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cyclohexanehexyl hexaphosphate; inositolhexaphosphoric acid; calcium phytate (calcium salt of phytic acid); Phytin® (calcium magnesium salt of phytic acid); Calciphos (calcium iron salt of phytic acid)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Phytic acid: miscible in water, ethanol, glycerol. Insoluble in ether, benzene, chloroform. pH of 10% solution is 0.86
Calcium and calcium/magnesium salts are white powders that are poorly soluble in water. They are soluble in dilute mineral acids.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 660.04|
Resources and Citations
- J.G.Neevel, B.Reissland, Restaurator, 16, 1995, pp.145-160.