Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids, or between a liquid and a solid. A surfactant is usually an organic amphiphilic compound, meaning that it contains both water soluble (hydrophilic) and water insoluble (hydrophobic) components.
Surfactants are key ingredients in both consumer and industrial cleaning products, where they may act as: detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming or defoaming agents, rheology modifiers, degreasers or dispersants.
Industry Leaders in Surfactant Chemistry
We offer a wide range of surfactants, including a full offering of non-ionic, anionic, cationic and amphoteric surfactants, as well as surfactant blends and speciality performance additives. We are committed to a continuous development of novel technologies and can offer technical expertise to support our customers throughout their product development to meet unique customer demands.
The key application areas for our speciality surfactants are:
Figure 1: Surfactant molecules in different emulsion types
Our NatraSense™ and NatSurf™ range of naturally derived surfactants provide excellent cleaning performance and soil removal, with wide formulation compatibilities, that are suitable for a range of household and industrial cleaning formulations, including conentrates.
We are leading the way in finding innovative solutions to meet customer expectations and we are encouraged by the market drive for renewable product sourcing. Our aim is to solve the age-old dilemma for many companies – performance or sustainability. At Croda, we are creating the first plant that will lead to the manufacture of 100% renewable non-ionic surfactants, which are used in a wide range of household and industrial cleaning products. This large expansion will be located at our Atlas Point facility in New Castle, USA and will represent a tidal shift, especially for consumer goods manufacturers who are striving to meet the performance-driven market needs, as well as sustainability targets.
This expansion of Atlas Point’s operations will enable us to produce non-ionic surfactants from bio-ethanol, whilst maintaining performance standards. By using bio-ethanol, we will reduce the usage of fossil fuels and move away from traditional petrochemical derived ingredients, taking yet another step to meet the growing needs of our customers for sustainable options that perform as well as non-sustainable options.
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