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Applications & Uses of Gluconic acid

03/17/2016 admin

Gluconic acid is an organic compound with molecular formula C6H12O7 and condensed structural formula HOCH2(CHOH)4COOH. It is one of the 16stereoisomers of 2,3,4,5,6-pentahydroxyhexanoic acid.

In aqueous solution at neutral pH, gluconic acid forms the gluconate ion. The salts of gluconic acid are known as "gluconates". Gluconic acid, gluconate salts, and gluconate esters occur widely in nature because such species arise from the oxidation of glucose. Some drugs are injected in the form of gluconates.

 

Gluconic acid Used in Foods & Beverages

Gluconic acid occurs naturally in fruit , honey , and wine. As a food additive, it is an acidity regulator . This agent and its derivatives can used in formulation of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food products as additive or buffer salts.

 

Gluconic acid Used in Other Applications

Citric acid is an excellent chelating agent, binding metals. It is used to remove limescale from boilers and evaporators. It can be used to soften water, which makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents. Citric acid can be used as a successful alternative to nitric acid in passivation of stainless steel. Citric acid can be used as a lower-odor stop bath as part of the process for developing photographic film.