Palmitic acid


What is palmitic acid?

Palmitic Acid, also known as hexadecanoic acid, is a significant saturated fatty acid naturally occurring in many plant and animal fats. Palmitic acid is renowned for its excellent stability and resistance to oxidation and spoilage. This fatty acid plays a crucial role in both biological and industrial processes and has a wide range of applications due to its unique chemical properties.


CAS.                    57-10-3

Palmitic acid

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How is palmitic acid made?

During the production process, a triglyceride is hydrolyzed, resulting in glycerol and fatty acid molecules. One of these fatty acids is palmitic acid. Palmitic acid can also be extracted from various plant oils, but the most common source is palm oil, from which it derives its name. The final product is a white powder or a colorless crystalline substance.


The function of palmitic acid

Palmitic acid possesses various properties and applications in different industries. One notable characteristic is the saturated nature of the molecule, meaning it has no double bonds between carbon atoms. This gives the fatty acid excellent stability, making it an ideal product for a wide range of applications.

One of the properties of palmitic acid is its ability to effectively mix oils and water, allowing it to be used as an emulsifier and stabilizer. This makes palmitic acid suitable for use in the production of cosmetic and personal care products.

Palmitic acid in various industries

Palmitic acid possesses various properties that make it widely applicable in various industries:

In the cosmetic sector, palmitic acid plays an essential role as an emulsifier and stabilizer. Thanks to its emulsifying properties, it can efficiently blend oil and water, resulting in a creamy and well-mixed texture in cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, and makeup. This allows these products to be evenly applied to the skin, making them comfortable and effective for daily use.

Palmitic acid forms the basis for the production of medicinal creams and ointments in the pharmaceutical sector. These creams and ointments are designed to be easily applied to the skin. Palmitic acid contributes to this by its ability to evenly disperse and bind medicinal ingredients, ensuring their delivery to the desired areas.

In the food industry, palmitic acid serves as a stabilizer and flavor enhancer. It is often added to food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. Additionally, it serves as an important source of energy in the diet.

Finally, palmitic acid is also frequently used in industrial applications. For example, it is employed in candle production, where it acts as a stabilizer to maintain the wax structure. It is also used as a component in lubricants, reducing friction and aiding in the lubrication of machinery and mechanical parts.


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