Lithium stearate is a soft white powder that is used as a lubricant, a stabilizer and a corrosion inhibitor in petroleum. It is also used as an additive in a wide variety of products.
Lithium stearate is mainly used in greases and coating products. However, it is also used as a thickener in synthetic oils. This is because the compound has good oxidation stability and high resistance to water.
Generally, lithium stearate is a readily available product in most volumes. However, it should be stored in a cool and dry place away from incompatible materials.
Lithium stearate has a chemical formula of LiO2C(CH2)16CH3 and is an active component of lithium grease. It can be used as an additive to increase the melting point of microcrystalline waxes. In addition, it is a stabilizer for lubricating greases.
Lithium stearate was originally part of Alfa Aesar’s product portfolio. It is now manufactured in the European Economic Area. The substance is registered under the REACH regulation.
Lithium stearate can be obtained in a technical grade, which may contain a small amount of oleate salt. It is best to use synthetic oils instead of the fatty acids found in natural oils. They are more stable and offer better performance at both high and low temperatures.
Lithium stearate’s lubricating properties and corrosion inhibition make it an ideal choice for high temperature applications. It is a good choice for lubricating greases, as well as for contact with paper and cardboard.