I'm a polymer chemist, currently looking to characterize various natural oils (eg coconut, avocado, hazelnut etc).
As you all may know, these oils are composed of triglycerides with various fatty acid chains. I need to simply know the % composition of each fatty acid, so I need to break down the triglycerides to their component fatty acids (assuming esterification), separate somehow (assuming LC) then identify/quantify (assuming MS of some sort).
Does anyone have a standard method for this? I see papers galore for "edible oils" and LC MS for this type of sample, but no simple method (as I'm sure it's a pretty standard kind of process and not really worthy of a paper).
Any help would be hugely appreciated.