Dimorphism of Long Chain Carbon Compounds


FROM recent X-ray measurements (Malkin, NATURE, Jan. 24, p. 126) it is claimed that the ethyl esters of fatty acids may have two forms of chain. An account of an investigation of several binary systems of C16 and C18 compounds will shortly be published, in which it is shown that the ethyl esters are dimorphous, ethyl palmitate melting at 19.4° or 24.15°, and ethyl stearate at 30.9° or 33.4°.

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SMITH, J. Dimorphism of Long Chain Carbon Compounds. Nature 127, 201 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127201e0

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