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Palmitic acid

Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material

NSC 5030, Cetylic acid, 1-Pentadecanecarboxylic acid, Hexadecanoic acid, PamOH, C16:0
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certified reference material
pharmaceutical secondary standard


traceable to Ph. Eur. P0090000
traceable to USP 1492007

vapor pressure

10 mmHg ( 210 °C)


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HPLC: suitable
gas chromatography (GC): suitable


271.5 °C/100 mmHg (lit.)


61-62.5 °C (lit.)


0.852 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)


cleaning products
food and beverages
personal care
pharmaceutical (small molecule)



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General description

Pharmaceutical secondary standards for application in quality control, provide pharma laboratories and manufacturers with a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the preparation of in-house working standards. Palmitic acid is the main constituent of human milk fatty acids. It is also found in acerola fruit, sea weeds and air-dried fruit of Cornus officinalis.


These Secondary Standards are qualified as Certified Reference Materials. These are suitable for use in several analytical applications including but not limited to pharma release testing, pharma method development for qualitative and quantitative analyses, food and beverage quality control testing, and other calibration requirements.

Analysis Note

These secondary standards offer multi-traceability to the USP, EP (PhEur) and BP primary standards, where they are available.

Other Notes

This Certified Reference Material (CRM) is produced and certified in accordance with ISO 17034 and ISO/IEC 17025. All information regarding the use of this CRM can be found on the certificate of analysis.


To see an example of a Certificate of Analysis for this material enter LRAA6510 in the slot below. This is an example certificate only and may not be the lot that you receive.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

235.4 °F

Flash Point(C)

113 °C

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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Mathieu Blanc et al.
Biochemical Society transactions, 41(1), 84-88 (2013-01-30)
S-Palmitoylation, the only reversible post-translational lipid modification, confers unique biochemical and functional properties to proteins. Although it has long been known that viral proteins are palmitoylated, recent studies reveal that this modification plays a critical role for pathogens of all
Sanja Blaskovic et al.
The FEBS journal, 280(12), 2766-2774 (2013-04-05)
S-palmitoylation is post-translational modification, which consists in the addition of a C16 acyl chain to cytosolic cysteines and which is unique amongst lipid modifications in that it is reversible. It can thus, like phosphorylation or ubiquitination, act as a switch.
Jonas Sieber et al.
The American journal of pathology, 183(3), 735-744 (2013-07-23)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by dyslipidemia with elevated free fatty acids (FFAs). Loss of podocytes is a hallmark of diabetic nephropathy, and podocytes are highly susceptible to saturated FFAs but not to protective, monounsaturated FFAs. We report that
Hjalti Kristinsson et al.
Endocrinology, 154(11), 4078-4088 (2013-09-17)
Free fatty acids (FFAs) have pleiotropic effects on the pancreatic β-cell. Although acute exposure to FFAs stimulates glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS), prolonged exposure impairs GSIS and causes apoptosis. FFAs exert their effects both via intracellular metabolism and interaction with the
Sabeera Bonala et al.
Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.), 27(9), 1518-1535 (2013-08-10)
Obesity is associated with insulin resistance and abnormal peripheral tissue glucose uptake. However, the mechanisms that interfere with insulin signaling and glucose uptake in human skeletal muscle during obesity are not fully characterized. Using microarray, we have identified that the


HPLC Analysis of Free Fatty Acids on SUPELCOSIL™ LC-8

Separation of Palmitic acid; Linoleic acid; Palmitelaidic acid; Linolelaidic acid; Stearic acid; Oleic acid; Elaidic acid; Methyl palmitoleate.

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