Cetyl Alcohol Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Cetyl Alcohol Properties

Cetyl Alcohol

Cetyl Alcohol Structure-Molecule 3D Struture
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Cetyl Alcohol 3D Structure-Molecule Struture
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Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol. The name cetyl derives from the whale oil from which it was first isolated. It is used in the cosmetic industry as a surfactant in shampoos, or as an emollient, emulsifier or thickening agent in the manufacture of skin creams and lotions. It is also employed as a lubricant for nuts and bolts.

Chemical Properties

Appearance White crystals
Boiling Point 344 °C
CAS Number 36653-82-4
ChEBI 16125
Chemical Composition Sodium Hydroxide;Sodium Borohydride;Palmitoyl Chloride;Cetyl Palmitate
Density 0.811g/cm3
EINECS Number 253-149-0
HS Code 290517000
IUPAC Name Hexadecan-1-ol
InChI 1S/C16H34O/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17/h17H,2-16H2,1H3
LR Assay 95.0%
Melting Point 49 °C
Molar Mass 242.44 g/mol
Molecular Formula C16H34O
NFPA 704 H-1,F-1,R-0,C-NA
RTECS Number MM0225000
Related Compounds Palmitate;Palmitic Acid
Solubility Insoluble
Synonyms Cetanol;Cetyl alcohol;Ethal;Ethol;Hexadecanol;Hexadecyl Alcohol;Palmityl alcohol