Adipic Acid

What is Adipic Acid?

Adipic acid is an organic compound and from the industrial perspective, it is the most important dicarboxylic acid. [1]


Historically, adipic acid was prepared from various fats using oxidation. Currently adipic acid is produced from a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone called "KA oil", the abbreviation of "ketone-alcohol oil." The KA oil is oxidized with nitric acid to give adipic acid, via a multistep pathway. [1]