This chapter reviews the crystal structures of lipid alcohols. As with the paraffins, the influence of polymethylene chain length and parity of crystal structure is presented. Binary phase behaviour is shown to be somewhat different from that of n-paraffins due to the existence of a polar ‘headgroup’ that is stabilized in a hydrogen bonded chain network. The crystal structures of cholesterol and two oxidized derivatives are presented, including the binary behaviour of the former parent with either derivative.
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