Journal of Oil Palm Research Vol. 12 No. 1  2000 June p.  81-85

Synthesis and characterization of ester from dihydroxystearic acid

Author(s): ROILA Awang* ; SALMIAH Ahmad*

The esterification of dihydroxystearic acid as a source of hydroxy fatty acid and monohydric fatty alcohols (C8-C18) was successfully carried out. The reaction was done at 180°C in the absence of catalyst and the yield of the ester obtained was 80%-96%. The products were analysed by infrared spectroscopy, and some of their physical properties determined.

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*Malaysian Palm Oil Board, P.O. BOX 10620,50720 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

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