Cyclododecanol is a secondary macrocyclic alcohol. At room temperature, it appears as colorless crystals with a pronounced camphor smelll. It is soluble in organic solvents, but insoluble in water. It reacts like an aliphatic secondary alcohol: dehydration of cyclododecanol in dilute sulfuric acid yields cyclododecene; treatment with organic acid or anhydrides forms esters; oxidation with nitric acid gives dodecanedioic acid. Cyclododecanol is produced by oxidation of cyclododecane with air, in the presence of boric acid catalyst. This reaction also forms cyclododecanone as by-product. The mixture produced can be hydrogenated in the presence of a copper-chromium catalyst, yielding pure cyclododecanol.
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