Lauric Acid - Overview
Lauric acid, commonly known as dodecanoic acid, is the main fatty acid in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. It is an organic compound with a molecular formula of C12H24O2, with an appearance of a white solid and faint odor of bay oil. It is a non-hazardous substance that has antimicrobial properties. This product is insoluble in the water, but it can dissolve in organic solvents. If exposed to air, this chemical tends to absorb moisture and form acid, causing corrosion in the container. It reacts with sodium hydroxide to produce sodium laurate, the main ingredient for soap and shampoos.
Lauric Acid is used in medical, skincare and beauty products, and also soap and detergent industry. The reaction of lauric acid and methanol in the presence of potassium hydroxide as a catalyst can produce biodiesel which is a renewable, alternative energy
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