Cetyl Alcohol

Cetyl alcohol, also known as hexadecan-1-ol and palmityl alcohol, is a fatty alcohol with the formula CH3(CH2)15OH. At room temperature, cetyl alcohol takes the form of a waxy white solid or flakes. The name cetyl derives from the whale oil (Latin: cetus) from which it was first isolated.

Parameter Value

CAS Number

36653-82-4 

Chemical formula

C16H34O

Molar mass

242.45 g·mol−1

Appearance

White crystals or flakes

Odor

very faint

Density

0.811 g/cm3

Melting point

49.3 °C (120.7 °F; 322.4 K)

Boiling point

344 °C (651 °F; 617 K)

Solubility in water

insoluble

Solubility

very soluble in ether, benzene, chloroform
soluble in acetone
slightly soluble in alcohol

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