Adipic acid is a white crystalline powder with a tart taste. It is a dicarboxylic acid with the chemical formula C6H10O4 and is commonly used in the production of nylon, polyurethane, and other polymers.
Adipic acid is primarily used as a precursor to the production of nylon 6,6, a polymer used in a wide range of applications such as textiles, automotive parts, and industrial fibers. It is also used in the production of polyurethane, which is used in a variety of applications such as foam insulation, furniture padding, and adhesives.
In addition to its use in the production of polymers, adipic acid is also used as a food additive to impart a tart flavor. It is also used in the production of pharmaceuticals, detergents, and other chemicals.