Anionic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants are essential in the production of many products, especially cleaning agents and cosmetics. Surfactants are available in several chemical types, depending on their properties and intended application. Integrated Chemicals offers a wide range of surfactants of the highest quality for many industries.
Applications for anionic surfactants Anionic surfactants are the most commonly-used basic material for the formulation of cleaning agents. The negative charge leads to micelles which carry away dirt and stains. As most anionic surfactants generate a lot of foam, they are also a great basic material for the formulation of shampoo, liquid soap and bath preparations. Some types of anionic surfactants also offer antistatic properties or deodorizing effects.
Nonionic surfactant characteristics Alternatively, certain cleaning agents are formulated with a nonionic surfactant. A nonionic surfactant is often found in sprays and extraction cleaners. This is thanks to their general low foam effect and strong emulsifying potential. Their unique properties improve cleansing power, thanks to their wetting and dispersing effect. A nonionic surfactant is also used as a thickener for aqueous formulations and certain types even function as an anti-corrosion additive.
Amphoteric surfactants for greater cleaning effects An amphoteric surfactant is generally lesser-known than anionic or nonionic surfactants. The amphoteric surfactant differs from its counterparts as it combines a negative and a positive charge on its hydrophilic end. It is commonly used to enhance the cleaning effect of an anionic or nonionic surfactant. As such, the amphoteric surfactant serves as bridge that connects the various elements of a cleaning formulation.
Request more information or a sample More information about all anionic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants can be accessed by clicking on the surfactant in the selection below. Additionally, technical data sheets are available to download for each surfactant, including our APG surfactants. Samples are available on request too. Contact us for more information or advice via the contact form. Or fill in your phone number below and we will call you back.