I'm a home crafter with a background in biochem.
I want to make glyceryl stearate at home and came across this blog post.
Before anyone asks why make it when it's easy to buy.....my answer is just because. I like trying new things and miss synthetic chemistry.
I was wondering if using a carboxylic acid (citric or acetic) as mentioned in the post as the catalyst was ok? Normally a fischer esterification is done with an inorganic acid.
I have three concerns:
1. That the acid isn't strong enough
2. that the citric or acetic acid would get involved and I would end up with glyceryl citrate instead of glyceryl stearate?? I'm not sure of the solubility of glyceryl citrate in water......
3. That without spectroscopy, I wouldn't be able to tell if I had too much contamination with the di and tri stearate or even had glyceryl stearate citrate.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?