Melissic acid

Melissic acid
IUPAC name
triacontanoic acid
506-50-3 YesY
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ChemSpider 10039 N
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.312
PubChem 10471
Molar mass 452.46 g/mol
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Melissic acid (or triacontanoic acid) is a saturated fatty acid.


Melissic acid gets its name from the Greek word melissa meaning bee, owing to its abundance in the nectar of the flowers which attract bees.


n-Triacontanoic acid was synthesized by Bleyberg and Ulrich (1931) and by G.M. Robinson.[1]


Triacontanoic acid and triacontanamide (CH3(CH2)28-CONHI) can be self-assembled.[2]

See also


  1. Chibnall, Albert Charles; Ernest Frank Williams; Alfred Louis Latner; Stephen Harvey Piper (1933). "The isolation of n-triacontanol from lucerne wax". Biochemical Journal. 27 (6): 1885–1888. PMC 1253114Freely accessible. PMID 16745314.
  2. Weinbach, Susan P.; Kristian Kjaer; Jens Als-Nielsen; Meir Lahav; Leslie Leiserowitz (May 1993). "Self-assembled Langmuir monolayers and trilayers at the air-formamide interface". Journal of Physical Chemistry. 97 (20): 5200–5203. doi:10.1021/j100122a003.
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