Specialty Chemical News & Product Updates

Surface Chemistry: Surfactant Wetting Properties

This post introduces basic concepts in wetting properties of surfactants, with a focus on anionic and cationic surfactants.

Surfactants can modify surface properties for challenging applications, making surfaces waterproof; easier to clean, paint, or process; or increase “wetting” when in contact with water.

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Basics of the HLB System

The HLB system provides a framework for predicting how surfactants will behave in emulsion systems.

This article provides a basic overview of the HLB system and how it can be used to optimize formulations with nonionic surfactants.

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LVP-VOC Exemption: Regulatory Overview

Specialty Chemical News & Product Updates Summary Despite increasingly strict VOC limits at the state and federal level, I&I formulators can incorporate performance based solvents and new surfactant technology to satisfy current Low Vapor Pressure (LVP-VOC)...

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Dimethyl Esters: Elastomers and Plastics Compatibility

Specialty Chemical News & Product Updates Elastomer and plastics compatibility is an important consideration when looking at storage and handling options for DMEs. Many dimethyl ester (DME) end-users have requested more information about elastomer and plastics...

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Specialty Chemical Updates: Carbopol® | TPM Solvent

Specialty Chemical News & Product Updates New Product Pages Added: Carbopol® Polymers and Custom Solutions Carbopol® crosslinked acrylic acid polymers are used to add functionality in many applications, including flow charactistics, viscosity, and suspenion....

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Creating Gels: Thickening and Rheology Modifiers

The uses for thickening agents are wide ranging. As one example, cross linked polymer based gels enables full customization for customers seeking in gel appearance (including color), flow, viscosity and suspension for medical, sporting, packaging, and cleaning applications.

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Emulsifier to Remove Solvent Residue

Specialty Chemical News & Product Updates One of the advantages of using greener solvents is that they can offer a low VOC alternative to meet company safety and compliance goals. This also means that the product will usually have a slower evaporation rate, which...

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