Date of Award

Spring 1938

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Heinrich, Herbert


It is comparatively recent that the uses and applications of the fatty acids have grown extensively not only in the preparation of a large number of new products used in the shampoo industry, but also in the commercial production of alcohols and in the treatment of certain types of diseases in the field of medicine. Because of this extensive growth in the use and applications of the fatty acids it becomes increasingly important that a more accurate means of analysis be devised than the lend-salt-ether method and the other methods of analysis in use today. Due to its lengthy and laborious procedure, its limited application to certain fatty acid mixtures and the necessity of having a large sample for analysis, the lead-salt-ether method has long been looked upon with disfavor. Rapid advances have been made lately in the construction of fractionating equipment and its successful application in the petroleum industry. It seems surprising that this knowledge gained in the petroleum industry has not found a more extensive application in the analysis of the fatty acids. Because of this peculiar circumstance and because of the variety of possibilities arising from an investigation of this nature the author became interested and decided to make a study of the analysis of the fatty acids by means of fractional distillation the results of which are presented in the following paper.