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    Lauric Acid 99% Min

    Lauric Acid 99% Min in Tradeasia

    IUPAC Name

    Dodecanoic Acid

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    Basic Info


    White Flakes

    Common Names

    Vulvic Acid; Laurostearic Acid


    25 Kg Bag

    Brief Overview
    Lauric acid, also known as dodecanoic acid, is a saturated medium-chain fatty acid in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. It appears as a white solid with a faint odor of bay oil. It is insoluble in water but can be dissolved in organic solvents. Lauric acid can be used as vegetable shortening in the food industry and also as soap and shampoo in personal care applications.

    Manufacturing Process
    The industrial manufacture of lauric acid is derived from saponification or the breakdown of fat (triglycerides). In saponification process utilizes high pressure and temperature to decompose refined palm kernel oil. From the decomposition process, glycerine and branches of fatty acid are obtained. As various fatty acid branches are present, separation via distillation is required. Based on the fatty acid melting point, the mixture of fatty acids is distilled and the remaining heavy fatty acids such as lauric acid remains and are collected. Additional production such as hydrogenation is required to remove unsaturated branches of the fatty acid.
    Various grades of lauric acid are produced with other impurities of other fatty acids. The purity of lauric acid heavily depends on the distillation process. Therefore, higher grades of lauric acid require higher energy consumption and sophisticated distillation design. The distillates of this grading are set to have a 98% composition of lauric acid content.

    Pharmaceutical Industry
    Lauric acid is utilized for treating patients with viral infections such as the common cold, and swine flu. The compound can inhibit virus growth, prevent the binding to the cell membrane, and the destruction of the cell membrane.
    Food Industry
    Lauric acid is used as a food shortening in baking to develop the tender and flaky texture of the food. 
    Cosmetic Industry
    Lauric acid is used as a raw material to manufacture soap and shampoo. The transesterification process between lauric acid and sodium hydroxide to create crude soap.

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