Analytes - palmitic acid

palmitic acid: CAS No. 57-10-3, C16H32O2, molecular weight 256.43, melting point 61.8°C, density 0.85gm/mL, vapor pressure 0.00mm Hg at 25°C, non flammable, slightly water soluble is a white crystalline solid, a naturally occurring fatty acid component of animal fats and vegetable oils and fats, including olive oil. Palmitic acid is commercially produced by the hydrolysis of palm, tallow or coconut oil followed by fractional distillation. It is a saturated fatty acid used in the manufacture of soaps, cosmetic formulations, food-grade additives waterproofing agents, lube oils, metallic palmitates and non-drying oil (surface coatings). It is most frequently measured in commercial preparations and the bulk commodity using reversed phase HPLC, GC/FID and GC/MS.