Myristic acid


What is myristic acid?

Myristic acid, also known as tetradecanoic acid, is a saturated fatty acid that plays a central role in various industrial applications. With its chemical formula C14H28O2, myristic acid is naturally occurring in various plant and animal oils and fats. This fatty acid has a unique chain length, forming the basis for its wide range of applications in various industries.


CAS.                 544-63-8

Myristic acid

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How is myristic acid made?

The production of myristic acid begins with the extraction of raw materials, such as coconut oil and animal fats, which are rich in this valuable fatty acid. These raw materials then undergo a series of processes, including hydrolysis, neutralization, and fractionation. During hydrolysis, triglycerides are broken down into individual fatty acids, including myristic acid.

Finally, the acid is subjected to a purification process to remove impurities. The result is a high-quality, pure myristic acid ready for use in various applications.


The function myristic acid

Myristic acid possesses versatile properties and is commonly used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products as well as industrial processes. It is renowned for its excellent emulsifying properties, making it ideal for the formulation of creams, lotions, and soaps. Furthermore, myristic acid can serve as a raw material for the synthesis of various chemical compounds, including surfactants and esters. When esterified with various types of alcohols such as 2-ethylhexanol, isopropanol, sorbitol, and glycerol, myristic acid can achieve a wide range of properties.

In cosmetic products, myristic acid acts as an emollient that moisturizes and softens the skin. It also enhances the stability of emulsions, allowing products to last longer without separation.

Myristic acid in various branches

In various industries, myristic acid has proven its versatility and plays a central role in various applications.

In the world of cosmetics, myristic acid is a beloved ingredient. It is widely used in products such as creams, lotions, and soaps. Here, myristic acid functions as an emulsifier and emollient. This means that it not only gives cosmetic products a luxurious texture but also moisturizes the skin.

In the pharmaceutical industry, myristic acid is an essential raw material for the production of various medicines and medicinal products. It is often used as an excipient, which means it plays a supportive role in tablets and capsules, ensuring the stability and effectiveness of medications.

Myristic acid is not limited to just the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In industrial processes, it has numerous applications. It is used in the production of surfactants, lubricating oils, and esters, making it an indispensable element in many industrial applications.


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