LAEn

Lauryl Alcohol Ethoxylate

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates are biodegradable nonionic surfactants composed of ethylene oxide adduct of lauryl alcohol. Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates, clear to yellowish liquid to waxy solids depending on alkyl chain length and the number of ethoxy groups, are nonionic surfactants which contain both hydrophobic tail portion (fatty alcohol part) and hydrophilic polar head groups (ethoxy chain part), and are thus tend to dissolve in both aqueous and oil phase and to reduce the surface tension of liquids. Ethylene oxide (also called epoxyethane and oxirane) is the simplest cyclic ether or epoxide, with the formula C2H4O; reactive material which is added to the base of alcohols (or amines) to form ethoxylated surfactants. In general, with increase in the ethylene oxide chain attached to the lauryl alcohol hydrophobe increases the HLB value (water solubility), pour point, cloud point, density, viscosity, and flash point of the ethoxylate. The Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates are designated by the name LAE followed by a number indicating the average number of ethylene oxide molecules added. LAE 2, LAE 3, LAE 5, LAE 7, LAE 8 are viscous liquids at room temperature. LAE 10 is a white waxy solid. The higher EO adducts are available on request.

I.C.C manufactures a wide range of ethoxylates of lauryl alcohol.

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate

LAE 2

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate with 2 EO.

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Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate

LAE 3

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate with 3 EO.

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Fatty alcohol polyglycol

LAE 5

Fatty alcohol polyglycol ether with 5 EO.

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Fatty alcohol polyglycol

LAE 7

Fatty alcohol polyglycol ether with 7 EO.

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Fatty alcohol ethoxylate

LAE 8

Fatty alcohol ethoxylate with 8 EO.

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Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate

LAE 10

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylate with 10 EO.

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Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates have many uses, primarily as surfactants in detergent formulations both, industrial & domestic. These are also used as cleaning agents, scouring agents ,wetting agents & dispersants or emulsifiers in textile formulations. LAEn grades are frequently used as thickeners for surfactant systems such as shampoos, shower gels and liquid soaps, as emulsifiers, solubilizers, fat dispersants and dissolving agents.

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates can be used in a wide range of applications, including:

·        Emulsifiers & Wetting agents.

·        Industrial and institutional cleaners

·        Agricultural chemicals

·        Textile and leather processing

·        Metalworking systems

Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates can also be used in ether sulfates and ether carboxylates, cosmetics as well as other industrial and agricultural applications. Lauryl alcohol ethoxylates can be used to make phosphate esters, which are useful as dispersants, low-foam emulsifiers, and anti-static agents in the following applications:

·        Agricultural chemicals

·        Paints

·        Polymer production

·        Paper processing

·        Textile processing

·        Metalworking fluids