Talk:Fatty alcohol

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Request for article content[edit]

My interpretation of the earlier "nonsense" is a request for someone to write some content on

  1. The process of fatty alcohol production in petrochemical plants.
  2. The economics of fatty alcohol production around the world
  3. Uses for fatty alcohols

This seems a reasonable request, for someone who knows this field. Walkerma 15:19, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

Clarification of Hydrocarbon Chain Length[edit]

This article states that the carbon chain length is 8 to 22, which is true but may be too specific. Other sources such as McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Term (referenced on detail that chain length can be as low as 4. Please let me know if you think this would be a worthy note to include in this article. Thank you. JBDJ2833 (talk) 17:58, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Aquatic Organisms[edit]

The table in this section does not match the text. The text says that shorter chain length is more toxic, but the table shows higher toxic thresholds for shorter chains. (talk) 21:03, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

The values that I found are in the hundred mg per liter range, which probably exceeds the solubility of the longer fatty alcohols in water. My unprofessional view is that fatty alcohols are so close to widely occurring fats that nature is well adapted to their presence and, going even further out on a limb, that the nonbranched derivatives are not worth worrying about.--Smokefoot (talk) 23:46, 18 September 2012 (UTC)