The Role of Chemistry in History

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Linolenic Acid

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Introduction The History Tempera Paints vs. Oil Paints Drying Oils The Extraction of Linseed Oil Linolenic Acid So What? Oil Painting and History Bibliography


  • Linolenic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid which has three double oxygen bonds
  • Linolenic acid is an important component of linseed oil because of its ability to link with oxygen molecules in the air, which occurs because the molecule is unsaturated
  • Oxygen is clearly necessary to the drying process, light also advances the process

Tags: Alpha-linolenic Acid (Linseed Oil)