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By TRUNNANO | 23 April 2023 | 0 Comments

What is a surfactant?

What is a surfactant?
Surfactants, commonly known as "industrial monosodium glutamate", can significantly reduce the surface tension of liquid when used in small quantities, with polar hydrophilic groups and non-polar hydrophobic groups to make two incompatible substances combine with each other in two interface states. In the industrial production process, changing the state of the solution interface system, play the role of lubrication, emulsification, dispersion, antistatic, and so on. Surfactants belong to the fine chemical industry, located at the end of the chemical industry chain, upstream are petroleum derivatives and natural oil derivatives as raw materials, and downstream can cover almost all fine chemical fields.
What are the categories of surfactants?
According to the dissociation properties of polarity, surfactants can be divided into anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants, nonionic surfactants, and zwitterionic surfactants, of which anionic and nonionic surfactants occupy the mainstream market.
The use of surfactants in life?
Surfactants are closely related to our lives, usually use washing products such as soap, laundry detergent, facial cleanser, soap, toothpaste, etc. are used surfactants, and sodium laurate is a commonly used surfactant.
Is sodium laurate harmful to the skin?
Lauric acid is an unsaturated fatty acid, the main role is to accelerate the peeling of skin surface oil, sodium laurate is a relatively clean surfactant, can also be regarded as a "soap-based" ingredient, strong decontamination ability, foaming performance, also often used as an emulsifier. This ingredient has a potential risk of causing irritation.
Sodium laurate acts as an emulsifier and foam enhancer in detergents and soaps, making detergents more susceptible to foaming and precipitation. Sodium laurate is also widely used in personal care products such as shampoos, shower gels, toothpaste, etc. It can play a role in thickening, emulsifying and cleansing, while also having good skin gentleness, without excessive irritation and dryness to the skin.
Lauric acid is alkaline and has a strong cleansing ability, and excessive use can lead to dry skin and thin stratum corneum, causing symptoms such as allergies. Moreover, it is not recommended to use simple lauric acid to wipe the skin, too high a concentration may cause irritation of the skin. The main ingredients of modern life detergents are surfactants, and long-term use cause skin irritation effect and lead to some degree of damage. After the surfactants enter into the human body, they damage the enzyme activity and thus disrupt the body's normal physiological function.
It is recommended to choose products produced by regular manufacturers, even if it contains lauric acid, its concentration will be relatively safe.
Are there other applications for surfactants?
Surfactants will also be widely used in materials science, energy science, environmental science, life sciences, and information science. For example, the application of surfactants in the treatment of phenol-containing phenol, zinc-contained, copper-contained, mercury-containing, and chromium-containing wastewater can also be applied to the preparation of nanomaterials and the adjustment of molecular sieve pore size.
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