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Identification & Functionality
MARLIPAL 24/20 Features & Benefits
Applications & Uses
For the formulator, MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates are versatile building blocks for detergent compositions. By combining with other surfactants, e.g. anionics or cationics, it is possible to achieve synergistic and performance enhancing effects. It is advantageous that the MARLIPAL ethoxylates have a good hard water stability and are chemically stable over a wide pH range both in an acidic and in an alkaline medium.
A major application is in laundry powders and liquid detergents. In European laundry liquids (HDL) alcohol ethoxylates typically are present with 10–25%.
In all-purpose and bathroom cleaners ethoxylates are used as primary surfactants due to excellent grease removal properties and the moderate foam level when compared to anionics.
|Value||Units||Test Method / Conditions|
|pH (2 % in fully demin. water)||5 - 7||-||DIN EN 1262|
|Cloud Point (10 % in 25% BDG solution)||49-51||°C||DIN EN 1890|
|Water Content||max. 0.1||wt. %||DIN 51777|
|Setting Point||approx. 4||°C||DIN ISO 3841|
|Color (APHA)||max. 25||mg Pt/l||DIN EN 1557|
|Polyethylene Glycol Content||max. 1.0||% mass||HPLC|
|Ignition Temperature||approx. 230||°C||DIN 51794|
|Flash Point||approx. 140||°C||ASTM D 92|
|Hydroxyl Value||197 - 203||mg KOH/g||DIN EN 13926|
|Density (at 50°C)||approx. 0.88||g/ml||DIN 51757|
|Refractive Index (n 50/D)||approx. 1.439||-||DGF C - IV 5|
Regulatory & Compliance
Technical Details & Test Data
The MARLIPAL 24 products have a high active content of fatty alcohol polyethylene glycol ethers. Depending on the degree of ethoxylation, the products also contain varying amounts of the starting fatty alcohol.
Content of free alcohol in MARLIPAL 24 products
The water content of the MARLIPAL 24 products is usually less than 0.5%.
The ethoxylates of the MARLIPAL 24 series with short EO chains are liquid with low viscosity at room temperature. Within this product series the viscosity increases continuously with increasing degree of ethoxylation.
The temperature dependent viscosity at a constant shear rate is shown in the diagram. The viscosity of the water free MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates increases rapidly at lower temperatures.
Temperature vs. viscosity at a shear rate of D=10 1/s
Rotary viscometer with plate-plate geometry according to DIN 53018
Solubility In Water
The solubility of the MARLIPAL 24 alcohol ethoxylates is determined by the chain length of the water soluble ether chain. Accordingly the solubility increases with increased degree of ethoxylation.
The solubility behavior of MARLIPAL 24 surfactants in dilute, aqueous solutions is shown in the photo below.
Gel Formation With Water
Mixtures of water and alcohol ethoxylates like the MARLIPAL 24 surfactants can cover a wide range of viscosities from free flowing liquids to solid gels depending on the amount of water added. The viscosity profile of MARLIPAL 24 grades is shown in the table. At very high surfactant concentrations (10% water) and at relatively low concentrations below approximately 30% surfactant (70% water), the mixtures of the higher ethoxylates are homogeneous and clear. In the middle concentration range, on the other hand, the MARLIPAL 24 products form pastes or gels which may be clear or cloudy.
|MARLIPAL||0% water||10% water||20% water||30% water||40% water||50% water||60% water||70% water||80% water||90% water|
The cloud point is a leading parameter for characterizing nonionic surfactants and can be determined by a simple test method, described e.g. in DIN EN 1890.
The temperature, at which this clouding occurs, is specific for each ethoxylate and is referred to as the cloud point of the surfactant. The cloud point is a function of the surfactant concentration and is usually determined using 1% or 2% surfactant solutions. If the ethoxylate is insoluble or only sparingly soluble in water, the cloud point can also be determined in aqueous butyl diglycol solution.
The cloud points of MARLIPAL 24 products are listed in the table.
|MARLIPAL||10% in 25% (butyldiglycol solution)||5g + 25g of 25% (butyldiglycol solution)||1% in D.I. water||2% in D.I. water||2% in 10% Nacl solution||1% in 5% Nacl solution|
|24/50||72-74||ca. 70||ca. 22||ca. 21||-||-|
|24/60||76-78||ca. 75||ca. 42||ca. 42||ca. 22||ca. 31|
|24/70||ca. 79||ca. 78||ca. 54||53-56||ca. 33||ca. 43|
|24/79||ca. 79||ca. 78||ca. 54||53-56||ca. 33||ca. 43|
|24/99||ca. 84||ca. 84||ca. 82||81-83||ca. 54||ca. 65|
|24/100||ca. 86||ca. 86||ca. 94||ca. 94||ca. 64||ca. 78|
One of the most characteristic properties of surface active agents like the MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates is their ability to reduce the surface tension of water. The MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates provide an excellent surface tension reduction already at low concentrations. Adding MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates the surface tension of water of 72 mN/m can be reduced to values below 30 mN/m. The table gives the surface activity at different concentrations in an aqueous solution.
Surface tension (in mN/m, at 25° C in D.I. water)
|MARLIPAL||Surfactant concentration in 0.01 g/l||Surfactant concentration in 0.1 g/l||Surfactant concentration in 1.0 g/l|
* Turbid solution, may lead to less accurate results
Ring method according to DIN EN 14370
Critical Micelle Concentration
The critical micelle concentration (CMC) is a further characteristic property of a surfactant. The CMC is the concentration at which single surfactant molecules start to build micellar aggregates. The MARLIPAL 24 surfactants show CMC values from 2 mg/l up to values around 20 mg/l. The diagram below shows that the CMC increases in dependence to the ether chain length and increasing water solubility.
CMC in dependence to the ether chain length
Wetting Efficiency On Textiles
The products of the MARLIPAL 24 series provide excellent wetting performance on textiles, the best values being observed for MARLIPAL 24/40 to MARLIPAL 24/90. The wetting effect, which, in accordance to DIN EN 1772, corresponds to the time taken for a cotton disk to sink in aqueous solution, is shown as a function of the degree of ethoxylation. The shorter the sinking time, the better the wetting efficiency.
Wetting efficiency on textiles Cotton disk method, 20°C, 1 g/l in D.I. water
Wetting Efficiency On Hard Surfaces
The MARLIPAL 24 grades show an excellent reduction of the contact angles on all surfaces. The performance is a function of the ether chain length and usually one will find a performance optimum at medium EO chain length. The contact angles of MARLIPAL 24 surfactants dissolved in water with a concentration of 1 g/l are displayed on three different surfaces in dependence of the glycol ether chain length. The best wetting performance is found for the MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates with 5 to 7 moles EO.
Contact angles of MARLIPAL 24 grades on hard surfaces
Sessile drop method, 1 g/l in D.I. water, 25° C, 50% humidity
The optimum cleaning performance on hard surfaces requires a balanced performance in wetting for ease of cleaning and emulsification properties to avoid dirt redeposition. The MARLIPAL 24 grades with medium EO chain length offer the required performance profile for cleaning.
The MARLIPAL 24 ethoxylates are moderately foaming surfactants. The foaming profile has been determined by the Schlag foam method (DIN EN 12728) and is shown in the figure below. The foaming profile is well within the typical range of fatty alcohol ethoxylates.
Schlagfoam method 1 g/l in D.I. water, 20° C and 60° C
Detergency On Textiles
The MARLIPAL 24 surfactants have excellent detergency properties both on synthetic and natural fabrics. The detergency performance was determined in Linitest laboratory washing machines with pigment/sebum soiling. The ethoxylates with 6-7 EO showed an optimum in detergency performance.
Detergency on polyester fabrics at 30°C
Detergency on cotton fabrics at 60°C
Packaging & Availability
Storage & Handling
- Stored in Stainless steel vessels (Steel No: 1.4541 or 1.4571).
- The effects of extreme temperatures (cold, heat) may cause the product to become turbid, viscous, congeal or separate. In such cases mixing at 30°C-40°C will restore the product for use.
Precautions for safe handling
Advice on safe handling
- Wear personal protective equipment.
- Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
Advice on protection against fire and explosion
- Normal measures for preventive fire protection.
- Do not spray on a naked flame or any incandescent material
- B: Fires involving liquids or liquid containing substances. Also includes substances which become liquid at elevated temperatures.
Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities
Requirements for storage areas and containers
- Keep tightly closed in a dry and cool place
Storage class (TRGS 510)
- 10-13: German Storage Class 10 to 13
- Stable at normal ambient temperature and pressure.