making glyceryl stearate
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?
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