Palmitic acid

≥98% palmitic acid basis (GC)

NSC 5030, Cetylic acid, 1-Pentadecanecarboxylic acid, Hexadecanoic acid, PamOH, C16:0
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vapor pressure

10 mmHg ( 210 °C)

Quality Level


≥98% palmitic acid basis (GC)


powder or crystals


gas chromatography (GC): suitable
thin layer chromatography (TLC): suitable


≤1% stearic acid (GC)


271.5 °C/100 mmHg (lit.)


61-62.5 °C (lit.)
62-65 °C

acid value


iodine value


saponification value



0.852 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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InChI key


Gene Information

human ... FABP2(2169), FABP3(2170), FABP4(2167), FABP5(2171)

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Palmitic acid may be employed in the preparation of palmitic anhydride, via reaction with dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC) in carbon tetrachloride. It undergoes deoxygenation in the presence of 4%wt Pd/C mesoporous catalyst at 300°C and pressure of 17bar of 5% H2 in argon. Aliphatic chain length hydrocarbons containing one less carbon than the corresponding acid were obtained as major products.

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

235.4 °F

Flash Point(C)

113 °C

Catalytic deoxygenation of stearic acid and palmitic acid in semibatch mode.
Lestari S, et al.
Catalysis Letters, 130(1-2), 48-51 (2009)
Z Selinger et al.
Journal of lipid research, 7(1), 174-175 (1966-01-01)
A simple method is described for the preparation of caprylic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic anhydrides. Reaction of the free fatty acid and dicyclohexylcarbodiimide in carbon tetrachloride at room temperature gives the corresponding anhydrides in high yield (87-94%).
Sanja Blaskovic et al.
The FEBS journal, 280(12), 2766-2774 (2013-04-05)
S-palmitoylation is post-translational modification, which consists in the addition of a C16 acyl chain to cytosolic cysteines and which is unique amongst lipid modifications in that it is reversible. It can thus, like phosphorylation or ubiquitination, act as a switch....
Sabeera Bonala et al.
Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.), 27(9), 1518-1535 (2013-08-10)
Obesity is associated with insulin resistance and abnormal peripheral tissue glucose uptake. However, the mechanisms that interfere with insulin signaling and glucose uptake in human skeletal muscle during obesity are not fully characterized. Using microarray, we have identified that the...
Julie K Bassett et al.
International journal of cancer, 133(8), 1882-1891 (2013-04-12)
Animal and experimental studies have demonstrated that long-chain n-3 fatty acids inhibit the development of prostate cancer, whereas n-6 fatty acids might promote it. We performed a case-cohort analysis within the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study using a random sample of...

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