Adipic Acid - Overview
Adipic acid is an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid with the formula (CH2)4(COOH)2. It is a white, crystalline compound with a slight acid taste and very faint odor. Its solubility is very low in water and soluble in organic solvents like alcohol and acetone. It is mainly as a precursor for the production of nylon.
Large amount of adipic acid is produced by oxidation of cyclohexane with air, nitric acid and metal catalyst. Adipic acid occurs naturally only in low quantities in the environment.