1.Phase relationships of d1kali alkanoates.
1.1. Solid state transitions of a1k.tli a1knnoatcs.
Host alkali alkanoates (either linear or brdnched) exhibit po1ymorphisl1 in the "oUel
Btate, and the nUlOber of phaHes tends to increase with increasin'~ chain l('ngth. 'IOI~ever,
cont-coversy often exists about the oUlnber, nature, an,l stability r.ln:~e of the flolYL~o-cl'hs
present in a given salt. Since Jifferent hydrates ap?ear as well, "in the literature one
may find .llmost the whole Greek alpha'let, primed and unprlmed, each notation supposed to
.lef Inc a separa t.~ phase. It has been ,naintained that each such phase is associated with
a unIque crystal structure, while others have claimed that th...