Fatty Acid Derivative Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share,
Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 - 2025
Fatty acids are chemical compounds, containing long chains of hydrocarbon and
terminated carboxylate group. Fatty acids are insoluble in water; however, they are
highly soluble in organic solvents. Most fatty acids are derived from natural sources
such as vegetable oil and coconut oil, while others are obtained from petroleum. Fatty
acid derivatives are obtained from fatty acids using various chemical processes such
as hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, and isomerization. Fatty acid derivatives have a
variety of applications in industries. In human body, these acids produce hormone-like
substance, which is responsible for regulating various activities in the body such as
blood pressure, blood clotting, blood lipid levels, and inflammation response to injury
infections. Fatty acid derivatives also act as intracellular messengers in the human
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There is a growing concern for finding alternative for the products obtained from
petroleum, because petroleum sources are going to exhaust after some time in future.
Use of petroleum products is immensely hazardous to the environmental. Fatty acid
derivatives are environment-friendly alternatives to some petroleum products.
Favorable regulations is a driver for the fatty acid derivative market. Innovation and
technology in the production of fatty acid derivatives are opening new horizons for its
applications. Use of fatty acid derivatives as bio lubricants is projected to propel the
Based on chemical structure, the fatty acid derivatives market can be classified into
saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids do not contain double
bond and each carbon atom in the chain is bonded to two hydrogen atom. Butanoic
acid, Hexanoic acid, and Octanoic acid are some of examples of saturated fatty acid.