Suberic acid

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Colorless crystals obtained from Castor oil and Cork. Suberic acid is used as a plasticizers and as an ingredient in the manufacture of plastics.

Synonyms and Related Terms

acid of cork; octanedioic acid; 1,6-hexanedicarboxylic acid

Chemical structure

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  • Combustible. Flash point = 203 C ( 397 F)
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol. Slightly soluble in water, ether. Insoluble in chloroform.

Composition HOOC(CH2)6COOH
CAS 505-48-6
Melting Point 140-144 C
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=174.20
Boiling Point 279 C

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 17
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 9031
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985

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