Lauric Acid

Lauric acid or systematically, dodecanoic acid, is a saturated fatty acid with a 12-carbon atom chain, thus falling into the medium chain fatty acids, is a white, powdery solid with a faint odor of baby oil or soap. The salts and esters of lauric acid are known as laurates.

Parameter Value

CAS Number

143-07-7 

Chemical formula

C12H24O2

Molar mass

200.32 g·mol−1

Appearance

White powder

Odor

Slight odor of bay oil

Density

1.007 g/cm3 (24 °C)
0.8744 g/cm3 (41.5 °C)
0.8679 g/cm3 (50 °C)

Melting point

43.8 °C (110.8 °F; 316.9 K)

Boiling point

297.9 °C (568.2 °F; 571.0 K)
282.5 °C (540.5 °F; 555.6 K)
at 512 mmHg
225.1 °C (437.2 °F; 498.2 K)
at 100 mmHg[3][4]

Solubility in water

37 mg/L (0 °C)
55 mg/L (20 °C)
63 mg/L (30 °C)
72 mg/L (45 °C)
83 mg/L (100 °C)

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