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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.
In food industry, adipic acid is added as main acid in bottled drinks, giving them a bubbly fizz. It adds a tart flavor to fruit juice and gelatin. Found in many powdered food and drink, adipic acid helps to intensify the sweet flavor. It also allows jams and jellies to hold their jiggle shape and acts a leavening agent in baking powder, cake mixes and baked goods.