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Palmitic acid

CAS No.:57-10-3
Molecular Weight: 256.42400 Molecular Formula: C16H32O2

Description

Palmitic acid, or hexadecanoic acid in IUPAC nomenclature, is the most common fatty acid (saturated) found in animals, plants and microorganisms. Its chemical formula is CH3(CH2)14COOH. As its name indicates, it is a major component of the oil from palm trees (palm oil), but can also be found in meats, cheeses, butter, and dairy products. Palmitate is a term for the salts and esters of palmitic acid. The palmitate anion is the observed form of palmitic acid at physiologic pH (7.4). Aluminium salts of palmitic acid and naphthenic acid were combined during World War II to produce napalm. The word "napalm" is derived from the words naphthenic acid and palmitic acid.

Basic Info

Chemical Name

Palmitic acid

Synonyms:

CAS No.:

57-10-3

Molecular Formula:

C16H32O2

Molecular Weight:

256.42400

PSA:

37.30000

LogP:

5.55230

Properties

Appearance:white chips, crystals or powder
Density:0.852
Melting Point:59-63ºC
Boiling Point:351.5ºC
Storage temp:Keep away from sources of ignition. Store in a tightly closed container. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances.
Vapour:10 mm Hg ( 210 °C)
Refractive Index:1.4273
Flash Point:206ºC
Solubility:insoluble
Stability:Stable. Combustible. Incompatible with bases, oxidizing agents, reducing agents.

Safety and Handling

Safety Statements:S26-S37/39

HS Code:2915709000

WGK Germany:-

Risk Statements:R36/38

Hazard Codes:Xi

NMR Spectrum