Lauric Acid 97% Lab Grade

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Dodecanoic acid, n-Dodecanoic acid, Dodecylic acid, Vulvic acid, Laurostearic acid, Dodecoic acid, Duodecylic acid, 1-Undecanecarboxylic acid
Laboratory Grade
Min. 97%
Dodecanoic 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. Lab Alley’s Lauric Acid, Lab Grade contains >95% Lauric acid and is non-toxic and safe to handle. It is usually used in laboratory investigations concerning melting point depression. Chemically pure or Laboratory reagents are two terms often used to describe Lab Grade chemicals. Lab Grade chemicals do not meet any accepted quality or purity requirements such as the ACS Grade, the USP Grade, and the FCC Grade, despite their acceptable purity. In the United States of America (USA), Lab Alley is selling its high- quality Lactic Acid, Lab Grade online at Due to its high purity, Lactic Acid, Lab Grade is highly recommended for laboratory testing.

Common Uses
  • Additive
  • Acidifiers
  • Chemical intermediate
  • Lubricant
Commercial/Industrial Applications
  • Chemical production
  • Laboratory chemicals
  • Synthesis of substances

Laboratory Use Of Lauric Acid

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.

Lauric acid is inexpensive, has a long shelf-life, and is non-toxic and safe to handle. Thus, it is often used in laboratory investigations of freezing-point depression. Lauric acid is a solid at room temperature but melts easily in boiling water, so liquid lauric acid can be treated with various solutes and used to determine their molecular masses.

Industrial Use Of Lauric Acid

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.

Safety and Handling

Lauric Acid SDS And MSDS

Please contact Lab Alley to request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), MSDS and Certificate of Analysis (COA) for Laboratory Grade Lauric Acid.

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