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Mucic acid is used to replace tartaric acid in self-rising flour or fizzies. It is also used as a precursor of adipic acid en route to nylon by a rhenium-catalyzed deoxydehydration reaction. It replaces potassium bitartrate in baking powder and also used for manufacture of granular effervescing salts.
George A. Jeffrey.; Richard A. Wood. The crystal structure of galactaric acid (mucic acid) at -147°: An unusually dense, hydrogen-bonded structure. Carbohydrate Research. 1982, 108 (2), 205-211.
G. Avigad.; C. Asensio.; D. Amaral.; B.L. Horecker. Galacto-dialdose production with an enzyme from the mold Polyporuscircinatus. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 1961, 4 (6), 474-477.