As a non-ionic surfactant, polyoxyethylene lauryl ether has excellent washing, emulsifying, dispersing, wetting, and solubilizing functions. It also shows strong foaming ability, easy rinsing performance, and excellent detergency. Because this substance acts as one of the lowest irritant species among various surfactants, it is often selected as raw material for mild detergents, shampoos (such as baby shampoos), bath lotion, cleansing milk, and cosmetics. In addition, this chemical may function as emulsifier, softener, wetting agent, and foaming agent. In terms of solubilizing function, this product has been demonstrated to assist in solubilization of steroid hormones, benzoic acid derivatives, and barbiturates.1-3 Besides, when used as surfactant emulsifier, polyoxyethylene lauryl ether is proved to be an active agent for preparing nanoemulsions for food applications.4
Brij 30 (ICI Americas).
- Tomida, H.; Yotsuyanagi, T.; Ikeda, K., SOLUBILIZATION OF STEROID-HORMONES BY POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER. Chem. Pharm. Bull. 1978, 26, 2832-2837.
- Tomida, H.; Yotsuyanagi, T.; Ikeda, K., SOLUBILIZATION OF BENZOIC-ACID DERIVATIVES BY POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER. Chem. Pharm. Bull. 1978, 26, 2824-2831.
- Ikeda, K.; Kato, K.; Tukamoto, T., SOLUBILIZATION OF BARBITURATES BY POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER. Chem. Pharm. Bull. 1971, 19, 2510-+.
- Silva, H. D.; Cerqueira, M. A.; Vicente, A. A., Nanoemulsions for Food Applications: Development and Characterization. Food Bioprocess Technol. 2012, 5, 854-867.
Air & Water Reactions
Polyoxyethylene lauryl ether is combustible.
Polyoxyethylene lauryl ether is incompatible with strong oxidizing agents and strong bases.
Solvent; nonionic emulsifier; pharmaceutic aid (surfactant); spermaticide.
Ethosperse(R) LA-4 is a medium range HLB, ethoxylated, nonionic ether of lauryl alcohol with broad range pH stability. It is suggested for use as an emulsifier in cosmetics to add body and texture (humectant), in household products and in lubricants.
Clear colorless to light yellow viscous liquid. Colorless at 266°F; brown at 644°F. Bland odor.