Benzoic Acid

TCC’s Benzoic Acid is a colorless crystalline solid with the chemical formula C6H5COOH. It is the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid. Its salts are used as a food preservative and it is an important precursor for the synthesis of many other organic substances.

U. S. production capacity of benzoic acid is estimated at 139,000 tons per year, much of which is consumed domestically to prepare other industrial chemicals. Benzoic acid is mainly used as a chemical intermediate for synthesis of other chemicals, as well as for the production of sodium salt. It is mainly used in industrial settings.

Applications

More than 90 percent of commercial benzoic acid is converted directly to phenol and caprolactam. Its use in the production of glycol benzoates for the application of plasticizer in adhesive formulations is increasing. The organic compound is also used in the manufacture of alkyd resins and drilling mud additive for crude oil recovery applications. It is also used as a rubber polymerization activator and retardant.

Benzoic acid is converted to its salts and esters for use as a preservative application in foods, drugs, and personal products. In medicine, benzoic acid is the principal component of benzoin resin, and is a constituent of Whitfield’s ointment which is used for the treatment of fungal skin diseases such as tinea, ringworm, and athlete’s foot.

Specifications

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Shipping

TCC’s Benzoic Acid is available for shipping throughout the continental United States with one (1) week lead time. Please call (401) 360-2800 for details. Benzoic Acid is shipped in 25kg net bags and 1,000kg net supersacks. Special packaging is available on request.

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Description

TCC’s Benzoic Acid is a colorless crystalline solid that is the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid. Its chemical formula is C6H5COOH. Benzoic acid is soluble in water, alcohol, benzene, and ether. Its aqua solution is weakly acidic. It is non-toxic and stable under ordinary conditions.

Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants and resins. It is also detected in animals. The organic compound is an important precursor for the synthesis of many other organic substances. The salts and esters of benzoic acid are known as benzoates. Its salts are used as a food preservative.

Benzoic acid is produced commercially by partial oxidation of toluene with oxygen. The process is catalyzed by cobalt or manganese naphthenates. The process uses cheap raw materials proceeds in high yield, and is considered environmentally green.

U.S. production capacity is estimated to be 139,000 tons per year, much of which is consumed domestically to prepare other industrial chemicals.