Lithium laurate
Other names
Lithium dodecanoate
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 238-663-5
  • InChI=1S/C12H24O2.Li/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12(13)14;/h2-11H2,1H3,(H,13,14);/q;+1/p-1 AZEPWULHRMVZQR-UHFFFAOYSA-M
  • [Li+].CCCCCCCCCCCC(=O)[O-]
Molar mass 206.25 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless (white) solid
Density 0.87 g/cm3
Melting point 229.8 °C (445.6 °F; 502.9 K)
Slightly soluble
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Lithium laurate is an metallorganic compound with the chemical formula LiO2C(CH2)10CH3. It is classified as a metallic soap, i.e. a metal derivative of a fatty acid.[1] [2][3][4] In contrast to the lubricants lithium stearate and lithium 12-hydroxystearate, lithium laurate is of minor commercial value..

Physical properties

Lithium laurate forms colorless crystals of the tetragonal crystal system, with cell parameters a = 2.83 nm, c = 1.17 nm, and 24 formula units per cell (Z = 24).

Lithium laurate is slightly soluble in water, ethanol, and diethyl ether.[5]


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  2. ^ Chemical Materials Catalog and Directory of Producers. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. 1969. p. 51. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  3. ^ Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office: Patents. 1972. p. 1481. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  4. ^ Seidell, Atherton (1919). Solubilities of inorganic and organic compounds c. 2. D. Van Nostrand Company. p. 357. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  5. ^ Montgomery, John H.; Crompton, Thomas Roy (1 September 2017). Environmental Chemicals Desk Reference. CRC Press. p. 298. ISBN 978-1-351-68771-3. Retrieved 23 January 2023.