Monomolecular Films of Batyl Alcohol

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SOME measurements which I have made on monomolecular films of batyl and chimyl alcohols (isolated from shark-liver oils by Prof. J. C. Drummond) throw some light on the molecular structure of these compounds. They have been shown to be, respectively, an octadecyl glyceryl ether (Heilbron and Owens, Jour. Chem. Soc., 942; 1928) and a cetyl glyceryl ether (Drummond and Baker, Biochem. Jour., 23, 274; 1929); whether the hydrocarbon chain is attached to the glyceryl group at the α- or β-carbon atom has not hitherto been decided.

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