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IUPAC name Dodecan-1-ol or
Other names Dodecanol
Dodecyl alcohol
Lauryl alcohol
Molecular formula C12H26O
CAS number 112-53-8
Molar mass 186.34
Appearance Colorless solid
Density 0.8309
Melting point

24 °C

Boiling point

259 °C

Solubility in water Insol
Solubility in Ethanol and diethyl ether Soluble
R/S statement R36
Flash point 127 °C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Dodecanol, also known by its IUPAC name 1-dodecanol or dodecan-1-ol, and by its trivial name dodecyl alcohol and lauryl alcohol, is a fatty alcohol. Dodecanol is a colourless, water insoluble solid of melting point 24 °C and boiling point 259 °C. It has a floral odor. It can be obtained from palm kernel or coconut oil fatty acids and methyl esters by reduction.

Dodecanol is used to make surfactants, lubricating oils, and pharmaceuticals.

In cosmetics, dodecanol is used as an emollient.


  • Merck Index, 12th Edition, 3464.
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