Hexadecyl hexadecanoate, also known as Cetyl palmitate, is the ester derived from hexadecanoic acid and hexadecanol. This white waxy solid is the primary constituent of spermaceti, the once highly prized wax found in the skull of sperm whales.[2] Cetyl palmitate is a component of some solid lipid nanoparticles.

Cetyl palmitate
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Names
Other names
Palmityl palmitate
Hexadecyl hexadecanoate
Palmitic acid palmityl ester
Palmitic acid hexadecyl ester
Palmitic acid cetyl ester
N-hexadecyl palmitate
Palmatic acid n-hexadecyl ester
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
ChEBI
ChEMBL
ChemSpider
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.943
EC Number
  • 309-375-8
KEGG
UNII
Properties
C32H64O2
Molar mass 480.862 g·mol−1
Appearance colourless wax
Melting point 54 °C (129 °F; 327 K)[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Stony corals, which build the coral reefs, contain large amounts of cetyl palmitate wax in their tissues, which may function in part as an antifeedant.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9923365
  2. ^ Wilhelm Riemenschneider and Hermann M. Bolt "Esters, Organic" Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2005, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a09_565.pub2
  3. ^ Dobretsov, S.; Al-Wahaibi, A. S. M.; Lai, D.; Al-Sabahi, J.; Claereboudt, M.; Proksch, P.; Soussi, B., "Inhibition of Bacterial Fouling by Soft Coral Natural Products", International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 2015, volume 98, 53-58. doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2014.10.019