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Improved synthesis of isostearic acid using zeolite catalysts
- Ngo, Helen L.
- Lipid Technology 2014 v.26 no.11-12 pp. 246-248
- biodegradability, branched chain fatty acids, catalysts, cosmetics, synthesis, technology, temperature, zeolites
- “Isostearic acids” (IA) are branched-chain fatty acids that are nontoxic and biodegradable in nature. They are predominantly used in cosmetics because of their superior moisturizing properties as they are odorless, provide smooth spreading and a non-tacky feeling when applied onto skin. They can also be used in applications which require excellent thermo-stability and low flow temperature properties. The existing older technology produces IA at low yields, which limits their commercial adoption; thus, new technologies for preparing IA are needed.