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Behenic acid is used to give hair conditioners and moisturizers their smoothing properties. It is also used to investigate the phase behavior of long-chain acids in supercritical propane.
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Bing Guan.; Zhimin Liu.; Buxing Han.; Haike Yan. Solubility of behenic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide with ethanol. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids. 1999, 14 (3), 213-218.