YIN, Y. ... et al, 2006. Hydrolysis of carboxylic lactones in alumina slurries. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 26, pp. 1171–1177
The hydrolysis of three carboxylic lactones, -butyrolactone, d-gulonic -lactone, and (±)- -hydroxy -butyrolactone, has been investigated
in water and electrosterically stabilised alumina slurries. The effect of the acidification behaviour on the viscosity of the alumina slurries due
to coagulation has also been studied. It has been found that the reaction temperature has a more significant influence than lactone concentration
on the hydrolysis and acidification rate and hence on the time before the slurry becomes sufficiently rigid to be self-supporting.