The Chemistry of Sorbic Acid

 

Sorbic acid is a white crystalline solid. It has a melting point of 134.5C, a boiling point of 228C and a pKa of 4.76.

The chemistry of sorbic acid is determined by the carboxyl group and the conjugate double bonds:

Conjugated Double Bonds

     

Carboxylic Acid Group

Sorbic acid undergoes the normal acid reactions forming salts, esters, amides and acid chlorides.

 

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