Also Known As Dodecanoic Acid And Dedocyclic Acid
About Lauric Acid
Lauric Acid, also known as Dodecanoic Acid and Dedocyclic Acid, has the chemical formula C12H24O2. It appears as a white crystalline solid with a characteristic odor like oil of bay. It is insoluble in Water and soluble in Ether, Chloroform, and Alcohol. It is found naturally in some plant and animal fats and is a key component of coconut oil. It is synthetically prepared by the fractional distillation of other acids of mixed coconut.
In the laboratory, Lauric Acid may be used to investigate the molar mass of an unknown substance via the freezing-point depression. The choice of Lauric Acid is convenient because the melting point of the pure compound is relatively high (43.8°C). Its cryoscopic constant is 3.9°C·kg/mol. By melting Lauric Acid with the unknown substance, allowing it to cool, and recording the temperature at which the mixture freezes, the molar mass of the unknown compound may be determined.
In industry, Lauric Acid is used as an intermediate and as a surface active agent. Industrial applications of lauric acid and its derivatives include the fatty acid as a component of alkyd resins, wetting agents, a rubber accelerator and softener, detergents, and insecticides. The consumer market uses Lauric Acid in the cleaning, furnishing, and production of personal care products. In medicine, Lauric Acid is known to increase total serum cholesterol more than many of the other fatty acids.
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Common Uses and Applications
- Chemical intermediate
- Synthesis of substances