What is Lithium 12-hydroxystearate?

Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020.  The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.

An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).  

As the world's two largest gas lithium 12-hydroxystearate are also expected to change significantly.

What is Lithium 12-hydroxystearate?
Lithium 12-hydroxystearate chemical formula is C18H35LiO3. Lithium 12-hydroxystearate is a compound that is classified as lithium soap. In chemistry, "soap" refers to salts of fatty acids. Lithium 12-hydroxystearate is a white solid.
Lithium soap is a key ingredient in many greases. Lithium 12-hydroxystearate has been widely considered as the preferred fatty acid for the manufacture of lithium-based grease thickeners. Greases prepared with this acid are usually smooth and have a butter-like texture.

What is Lithium 12-hydroxystearate Used for?
Lithium 12-hydroxystearate is used as a thickener and gelling agent in lubricating grease.
Lithium 12-hydroxystearate has high oxidation stability with a drop point of about 200 °C. At present, most greases used in motor vehicles, aircraft and heavy machinery contain lithium stearate, mainly lithium 12-hydroxystearate. Some greases are made of sodium, barium, lithium and calcium soaps. Lithium soap-based grease is favored because of its water resistance, oxidation stability and mechanical stability. According to the difference of grease, they also have good performance at high or low temperature.

How to produce Lithium 12-hydroxystearate?
In order to produce lithium 12-hydroxystearate, lithium hydroxide and fatty acids are combined in an aqueous medium. Through strong stirring, diluted lithium hydroxide monohydrate is gradually added to fatty acid dispersions heated to water slightly below the boiling point. Because these lithium soaps are difficult to filter, they are collected by spray drying. In terms of application, lithium 12-hydroxystearate is usually dispersed in synthetic oils such as silicone oil and ester oil. Synthetic oils are favored because of their higher stability and performance at extreme temperatures.
12-hydroxystearic acid is obtained by hydrogenation of castor oil. After most of the primary reactions of double bond saturation, the dehydration and reduction of hydroxyl groups lead to stearic acid. Hydrogenated castor oil produces a mixture of 12-hydroxy stearic acid and stearic acid.
Lithium 12-hydroxystearate Price
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At present, international supply chains were shocked, and logistics and transportation efficiency decreases. Geopolitical conflicts further aggravate uncertainties about the European and American economic recovery and the global commodity supply. For this reason, I assume the price of the lithium 12-hydroxystearate would not decrease significantly in the short term.

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