The effect of partial glycerides on trilaurin crystallization
The effects of partial glycerides of fatty acid chainlength from C10 to C18 on trilaurin crystal growth rate were investigated. Glycerides of particular form were found to have similar effects. Free fatty acids or monoglycerides either had little effect or slightly increased growth rates, whereas diglycerides, especially 1,3-diglycerides reduced them. If a particular glyceride has shorter chainlengths than trilaurin, the inhibition of crystallization is extremely small. For slightly longer chainlengths, a significant reduction of crystallization rate is seen, although smaller than with the addition of partial laurates. Maximum inhibition occurs with chainlength matching, and the magnitude decreases with increasing difference between host and guest chainlength.
Key WordsCrystallization glyceride habit microscopy modification triglyceride trilaurin
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