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Air Products Introduces Series of Surfactants Based on Renewable Resources

Air Products introduced a series of Tomadol surfactants based on renewable or bio-based resources. Air Products’ natural Tomadol surfactants are derived from palm or coconut oil and provide formulators with a choice of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants to meet their customer’s demands for bio-based solutions for the industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaning markets.

“Natural Tomadol surfactants provide formulators with flexibility. If bio-based or renewable resources is their primary concern, then our natural Tomadol surfactants are the answer,” said Russ King, marketing manager for Air Products’ Performance Solutions.

Besides the use of bio-based oils, these new Tomadol surfactants are also efficient, environmentally friendly alternatives to phenol-containing surfactants such as nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPE), which have been under scrutiny as being environmentally persistent.

Formulations using Tomadol surfactants also use much less solvent than NPE-containing solutions enabling the manufacturer to meet increasingly strict regulations on total VOC content. Tomadol surfactants also offer much faster solution times and a lower viscosity profile, which can increase asset utilization/productivity for the cleaning solution manufacturer.

“Whether you are seeking a natural source for your alcohol ethoxylates or are looking to replace NPEs, Air Products’ Tomadol surfactants offer its customers a true competitive advantage,” said King.

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