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Applications of Surfactants

Surfactant, short form of the surface-active agent, was first coined by Antara product in 1950. Surfactants are organic compounds composed of two chemical parts with different polarities, a head group with affinity for polar phases, and a tail group that is attracted to nonpolar phases. Due to their unique structure, surfactants can be widely used to reduce the surface and interfacial tension between two or more phases. Surfactants are mainly used detergents, wetting agents, emulsify agents, demulsifying agents, foaming agents, antifoaming agents, dispersing agents, antistatic agents, etc.


A detergent is a surfactant or a mixture of surfactants with cleansing properties when in dilute solutions.

Emulsify agents

An emulsifying agent is a substances that forms a film around the dispersed globules or lower the interfacial tension in an emulsion.

Foaming agents

A foaming agent is a material such as a surfactant or a blowing agent that facilitates the formation of foam.

Dispersing agents

A dispersant is a substance that is added to a suspension of solid or liquid particles in a liquid to improve the separation of the particles and to prevent their settling or clumping.

Applications of Surfactants

Wetting agents

A wetting agent is a surface-active molecule used to reduce the surface tension of water.

Demulsifying agents

A demulsifying agent is designed to migrate at the oil-water interface and neutralize the effect of emulsifying agent.

Antifoaming agents

An antifoaming agent is a chemical additive that reduces and hinders the formation of foam in industrial process liquids.

Antistatic agents

An antistatic agent is a compound used for treatment of materials or their surfaces in order to reduce or eliminate buildup of static electricity.

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