Surfactants

Lubrizol offers a number of anionic, nonionic/amphoteric, and cationic surfactants to meet your cleaning needs.

  • Anionic surfactants
    • Chemphos™ phosphate esters
    • Sulfochem™ alkyl sulfates
    • Sulfochem™ ether sulfates
  • Cationic surfactants
    • Ameenex™ coco-based amines
  • Nonionic / Amphoteric surfactants
    • Amidex™ alkanolamides
    • Chembetaine™ amphoterics
    • Chemoxide™ amine oxides
  • Specialty products and blends 

Products

Product Name Description
Ameenex™ 1154 surfactant Ameenex™ 1154 surfactant is a coconut oil-derived, complex fatty tertiary amine with cationic surfactant properties, both as the free amine and in the salt form. It is recommended for use as an industrial emulsifier in oil field applications. It also can be used in hand soaps, car wash formulations, and manual dish care products.
Amidex™ CIPA surfactant Amidex™ CIPA surfactant is a 100% solids, non-DEA amide compatible with anionic, nonionic, and amphoteric surfactants. It has no added preservatives. Amidex CIPA surfactant is an excellent viscosity and foam builder, able to create rich, dense foam at cost-effective, low use levels. Can replace DEA amides and MEA amides at a 50% use level. Recommended for use in hard surface cleaners and hand soaps.
Amidex™ CO-1 surfactant Amidex™ CO-1 surfactant is a naturally-derived, noionic surfactant that provides cost-effective detergency, wetting power, emulsification, and lubricity. It is especially suited for industrial and specialty cleaning industrial compounds.
Chembetaine™ ACB surfactant Chembetaine™ ACB surfactant is a 100% coconut-derived, amphoteric surfactant compatible with anionic, cationic, and nonionic surfactants. It is an excellent naturally-derived alternative for traditional amphoteric surfactants having a high renewable carbon index (0.75). It is recommended for use in hand soaps, manual dish wash, and car wash applications.
Chembetaine™ C surfactant Chembetaine™ C surfactant is a coconut oil-derived, high foaming surfactant which is stable over a wide pH range. It is stable in acid and alkaline environments and recommended for use as a performance booster in hand soaps and industrial cleaners. Its foaming properties make it effective in hydraulic fracturing and drilling applications.
Chembetaine™ C-42 surfactant Chembetaine™ C-42 surfactant is a coconut oil-derived, high active, high foaming surfactant which is stable over a wide pH range. Due to its zwitterionic nature, it is stable in both acidic and alkaline systems. It is recommended for use as a performance booster in hand soaps and industrial cleaners. Its foaming properties make it effective in hydraulic fracturing and drilling applications.
Chembetaine™ CAS surfactant Chembetaine™ CAS surfactant is a coconut-derived, 50% solids sultaine. It has excellent foaming properties and is recommended for use in formulations of heavy-duty, industrial alkaline cleaners such as steam cleaning compounds, wax removers, and hard surface cleaners. It also can function as a wetting agent in the acid pickling of metals and as a detergent in acid cleaners with scale and lime soap dispersing properties. Its foaming properties make it effective in hydraulic fracturing and drilling applications.
Chembetaine™ SB-PHP surfactant Chembetaine™ SB-PHP surfactant does not precipitate from solution at an isoelectric pH value and is equally soluble in soft water, hard water, brine and concentrated electrolyte solutions. Clear solutions with excellent foaming and wetting characteristics can be obtained. The copious and stable foam produced under a wide variety of conditions suggests its use in formulations of heavy-duty, industrial alkaline cleaners such as steam cleaning compounds, wax removers and hard surface cleaners. Outstanding performance in high concentrations of mineral acids suggests its' use as a wetting agent in the acid pickling of metals and as a detergent in acid cleaners with scale and lime soap dispersing properties. Chembetaine™ SB-PHP surfactant provides the synergistic effects of increased foam and stability in combination with alkyl sulfates, alkyl ether sulfates, alkyl-benzene sulfonates and soaps. It is a viscosity builder when formulated with anionic surfactants.
Chemoxide™ CAW surfactant Chemoxide™ CAW surfactant is a naturally-derived, nonionic surfactant. It is an exceptional foam booster which can also act as a hydrotrope. It functions over a broad pH range. Chemoxide CAW surfactant is recommended for use in manual dish care, surface cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, car wash products, and hand soaps.
Chemoxide™ LO surfactant Chemoxide™ LO surfactant is a low color and odor, nonionic surfactant used as a secondary or primary surfactant due to its high flash foam and hydrotropic properties. It is compatible with anionic, nonionic, and amphoteric surfactants. Chemoxide LO surfactant exhibits good tolerance to electrolytes which permits improved performance in hard water. Enhanced foaming at lower pH ranges makes Chemoxide LO surfactant an ideal foam booster for low pH cleaning formulations including automotive care, dish care, fabric care, laundry detergents, and surface cleaners. It has no added preservative.
Chemoxide™ MO surfactant Chemoxide™ MO surfactant is a nonionic amine oxide, which is bleach stable and acid stable. Due to its good degreasing performance and foam properties, it is an excellent choice for hard surface cleaners, manual dish wash detergents, and hand soaps. It is compatible with anionic, nonionic, and cationic surfactants.
Chemphos™ TC-310 surfactant Chemphos™ TC-310 phosphate ester having excellent wetting, emulsifying and dispersing properties. Chemphos™ TC-310 phosphate ester may be neutralized readily with amines or alkalis to form salts with excellent detergent properties and low foam characteristics.Widely used in heavy-duty cleaners, all purpose cleaners, hard-surface detergents and low foaming, rust-retarding, metal cleaners, Chemphos™ TC-310 phosphate ester acts as an emulsifier for mineral oil, crude oil, and pesticide formulations and extends life of wax and resin floor finishes. It also has outstanding surface tension reduction properties and is resistant to heat and alkali.
CHEMPHOS™ TC-310S Chemphos™ TC-310S is a sodium salt of a surface-active phosphate ester having excellent wetting, emulsifying and dispersing properties. Soluble in water and many polar and nonpolar solvents. Emulsifier for mineral oil, crude oil, and pesticide formulations. Prolongs the life of wax and resin floor finishes without damage to floor covering.
CHEMPHOS™TC-227 Chemphos™ TC-227 is a detergent, emulsifier, wetting agent, and coupling agent. Water soluble, compatible and stable in concentrated electrolyte solutions. Improves detergency, foaming and increases viscosity of cleaners. Used in powdered and liquid alkaline cleaners; heavy-duty, all-purpose cleaners for metalworking; steam cleaning; dairy cleaners; bottle-washing compounds; and floor strippers. Soluble in most oxygenated solvents, aromatic solvents, and chlorinated solvents. Excellent for use in the preparation of dry-cleaning detergents.
CHEMPHOS™TC-310S Chemphos™ TC-310S is a sodium salt of a surface-active phosphate ester having excellent wetting, emulsifying and dispersing properties. Soluble in water and many polar and nonpolar solvents. Emulsifier for mineral oil, crude oil, and pesticide formulations. Prolongs the life of wax and resin floor finishes without damage to floor covering.
CHEMPHOS™TR-421 Chemphos™ TR-421 is a water-soluble surfactant which is exceptionally stable in alkali systems with outstanding compatibility in concentrated electrolyte solutions. It is an effective agent for coupling nonionic surfactants with liquid, alkali detergent systems. Chemphos™ TR-421 exhibits excellent detergency in hard-surface and household cleaners. Moderate foamer. Used in the preparation of dry-cleaning detergents.
CHEMPHOS™TR-440 Chemphos™ TR-440 surfactant is an alkali-stable detergent, emulsifier, wetting agent, and dispersant. It is suitable as a rewetting agent in the pre-treatment of resin finished cotton.
CHEMPHOS™TR-444 Chemphos™ TR-444 is a stable detergent, surface active phosphate ester which is compatible with high concentrations of sodium hydroxide and silicate builders. Also, useful as a coupling agent in alkaline detergent formulations.
CHEMPHOS™TX-625 Chemphos™ TX-625 exhibits emulsifying, penetrating, and anti-corrosion properties. Offers potential scale inhibition effect. Solutions of 10% form gels in soft and hard water; solutions of 0.1% are cloudy.
Schercomid™ SL-EX fatty acid diethanolamide Schercomid™ SL-EX fatty acid diethanolamide is a good water-in-oil emulsifier and stabilizer for oil-in-water emulsions with a unique combination of properties and benefits. Schercomid™ SL-EX fatty acid diethanolamide has a relatively low cloud point and is therefore a liquid at room temperature, which permits easy handling. It forms stable water-in-oil emulsions, even with aliphatic hydrocarbons such as mineral oil. The superior thickening properties of Schercomid™ SL-EX fatty acid diethanolamide makes it suitable as an emulsion stabilizer for oil-in-water emulsions when using ethoxylated alkyl-phenols or ethoxylated aliphatic alcohols as the primary emulsifier.
Schercomid™ SOA diethanolamide Schercomid™ SOA diethanolamide is a good water-in-oil emulsifier and stabilizer for oil-in-water emulsions with a unique combination of properties and benefits. Schercomid™ SOA diethanolamide has a relatively low cloud point and is therefore a liquid at room temperature, which permits easy handling. It forms stable water-in-oil emulsions, even with aliphatic hydrocarbons such as mineral oil. The superior thickening properties of Schercomid™ SOA diethanolamide makes it suitable as an emulsion stabilizer for oil-in-water emulsions when using ethoxylated alkyl-phenols or ethoxylated aliphatic alcohols as the primary emulsifier.
Sulfochem™ EA-60 surfactant Sulfochem™ EA-60 surfactant is a 3 mole, 60% active, cost-effective surfactant for use in a wide variety of industrial and household cleaning products including manual liquid dishwashing systems. It provides great flash foam with good detergency and low pour point. It also has excellent wetting properties. The pH should remain below 7 in the end product formulations using Sulfochem EA-60 surfactant.
Sulfochem™ ES-60 surfactant Sulfochem™ ES-60 surfactant is a 3 mole, 60% active, cost-effective surfactant for use in liquid dish wash products and light and heavy duty surface cleaners. It has excellent flash foam properties, good wetting properties, excellent detergency, and a low pour point.
Sulfochem™ ES-70US surfactant Sulfochem™ ES-70US surfactant is a 2 mole, highly concentrated, versatile, cost-effective surfactant. It is highly flowable and easy to use, allowing for efficient batching of surfactant-containing home care formulations.
Sulfochem™ NADS surfactant Sulfochem™ NADS surfactant is a biodegradable foaming agent that provides exceptional foaming properties in brines and high electrolyte solutions. It has good compatibility with amphoteric surfactants and polymers contributing to enhanced foam stability. It is recommended for use in firefighting foams, laundry, and medium duty surface care. In systems where water is contaminated with oil and high level of dissolved solids, performance can be improved by blending Sulfochem NADS surfactant with Chembetaine™ C and CAS surfactants.
Sulfochem™ NADS-40 Sulfochem™ NADS-40 surfactant is a biodegradable foaming agent that provides exceptional foaming properties in brines and high electrolyte solutions. Sulfochem™ NADS-40 surfactant is compatibility with amphoteric surfactants and polymers contributing to enhanced foam stability. Sulfochem™ NADS-40 surfactant is recommended for use in firefighting foams, laundry, and medium duty surface care. In systems where water is contaminated with oil and high level of dissolved solids, performance can be improved by blending Sulfochem™ NADS-40 surfactant with Chembetaine™ C and Chembetaine™ CAS surfactants.
Sulfochem™ NOS surfactant Sulfochem™ NOS surfactant is a biodegradable, anionic surfactant used as a secondary or primary surfactant due to its good flash foaming properties. It is an excellent primary or secondary surfactant for a wide range of industrial and home care product types, but is most often used in firefighting foams and biodegradable cleaning products, due to its combination of high foaming and good wetting properties. It has improved performance in water contaminated with hydrocarbons or a high degree of dissolved solids when used in blends with Chembetaine™ C or CAS surfactants.
Sulfochem™ SLS-C surfactant Sulfochem™ SLS-C surfactant is a cost-effective, naturally-derived surfactant used as a detergent in household and institutional cleaning products. Sulfochem™ SLS-C surfactant is supplied as a low viscosity, low active anionic surfactant with excellent foaming properties and cleaning efficacy. It produces high levels of copious, dense, rich foam.
Sulfochem™ SLS-K surfactant Sulfochem™ SLS-K surfactant is a cost-effective, naturally-derived surfactant with good detergency used in hand cleaners, car wash, and fabric cleaning systems. It has low salt content and excellent foaming and cleaning efficacy. It produces high levels of copious, dense, rich foam. Sulfochem™ SLS-K surfactant contains methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) methylisothiazolinone as a preservative and has no added formaldehyde.
Sulfochem™ SLS-WA surfactant Sulfochem™ SLS-WA surfactant is a cost-effective, naturally-derived surfactant with good detergency used in hand cleaners, car wash, and fabric cleaning systems. It has low salt content and excellent foaming and cleaning efficacy. It produces high levels of copious, dense, rich foam.