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Caflon® Surfactants

From amphoteric to nonionc and everything in between, Caflon offers surfactans for all of your applications.

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    Surfactants, also known as surface-active agents, are a class of compounds that have the ability to lower the surface tension between two immiscible phases, such as oil and water. They are amphiphilic molecules, meaning they possess both hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-repelling) properties within the same molecule.

    The structure of a surfactant typically consists of a hydrophilic head group and a hydrophobic tail group. The head group can be ionic (cationic or anionic) or non-ionic, while the tail group is usually a long-chain hydrocarbon.

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    Surfactants are classified into four main types based on their ionic nature:

    • Anionic surfactants
    • Cationic surfactants
    • Nonionic surfactants
    • Amphoteric surfactants

    Surfactants have a wide range of applications due to their ability to lower surface tension, solubilize or emulsify immiscible liquids, and modify the wetting behavior of surfaces.

    Some common applications include:

    • Detergents and cleaners
    • Personal care products (shampoos, soaps, cosmetics)
    • Emulsifiers and dispersants
    • Wetting agents
    • Foaming agents
    • Textile and leather processing
    • Agrochemicals and pesticides
    • Enhanced oil recovery
    • Paints and coatings
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    The choice of surfactant type and concentration depends on the specific application, the desired properties, and compatibility with other components in the formulation. Univar Solutions offers the full range of surfactants under the Caflon line. Check out our product offerings below or reach out to talk to a sales or technical representative to get the conversation started.


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    Caflon® Amphoteric Surfactants

    These contain both anionic and cationic groups and can behave as either anionic or cationic depending on the pH of the solution. Examples include betaines and amino acid derivatives.

    Caflon® Anionic Surfactants

    These have a negatively charged head group and are the most commonly used type of surfactants. Examples include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), alkyl benzene sulfonates (ABS), and fatty acid salts.

    Caflon® Cationic Surfactants

    These have a positively charged head group and are often used as fabric softeners, hair conditioners, and antimicrobial agents. Examples include quaternary ammonium compounds and amine salts.

    Caflon® Nonionic Surfactants

    These do not have an ionic charge and are widely used in detergents, personal care products, and industrial applications. Examples include alcohol ethoxylates, alkylphenol ethoxylates, and fatty acid esters.

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    Product Name Supplier Grade Package Type Weight Billing Price Price (Package)
    CAFLON TDA 9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk OXITENO Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON 91-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Can Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Can 8.26 lbs --
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    CAFLON 91-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Can
    Caflon® 91-6 - Technical Grade - 55 Gallon Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 445.03 lbs $2.09 / LB $930.10 $930.10
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    CAFLON ACID 98, Technical Grade, Liquid Gas, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 449.99 lbs --
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    CAFLON ACID 98, Technical Grade, Liquid Gas, Drum
    Caflon® AOS 40 Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 518.07 lbs --
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    Caflon® AOS 40
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    Caflon® AOS Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 477.63 lbs --
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    Caflon® AOS Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,830.30 lbs --
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    Caflon® APG C1214 - Technical Grade - 485 lb Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 485.02 lbs $2.97 / LB $1,440.50 $1,440.50
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    Caflon® APG C1214 - Technical Grade - 2425 lb Tote Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,425.09 lbs $2.97 / LB $7,202.44 $7,202.44
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    Caflon® APG C1214 RSPO MB - Technical Grade - 2425 lb Tote Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,425.09 lbs $2.97 / LB $7,202.44 $7,202.44
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    CAFLON CB40, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON CB40, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON COPB-F50, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON COPB-F50, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON COPB-F50, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,250.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON COPB-F50, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 450.01 lbs --
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    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,250.04 lbs --
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    CAFLON DO, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON LAO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON LAO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON LAO, Technical Grade, Liquid, Can Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Can 8.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON LAO 24, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON LAO 24, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON LAO MBSC BULK Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON LAO MBSC BULK
    CAFLON LAO NP, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON LAO NP, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    Caflon« MCO Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,000.01 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 486.01 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,918.92 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-10, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    ALFONIC 810-4.5 Ethoxylate - Technical Grade - 400 lb Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Pail 44.00 lbs --
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    ALFONIC 810-4.5 Ethoxylate - Technical Grade - 400 lb Drum
    CAFLON NP-11, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 487.93 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-11, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-11, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,665.39 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-11, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON NP-12, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-12, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-12, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 476.99 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-12, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-15, Technical Grade, Solid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 470.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-15, Technical Grade, Solid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 470.22 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 470.22 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,233.29 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON NP-4, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,837.35 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 470.25 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,696.92 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-6, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON NP-8, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-8, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Bulk
    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 480.01 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 484.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,332.05 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 2,907.02 lbs --
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    CAFLON NP-9, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
    CAFLON NP-9 Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Pail 44.00 lbs $9.99 / LB $439.60 $439.60
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    Caflon SXS 40% Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Bulk 0.00 lbs --
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    Caflon SXS 40%
    Caflon SXS 40%
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    104372
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    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 539.98 lbs --
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    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical Drum 540.00 lbs --
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    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum
    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC Caflon Branded Surfactants Technical IBC 3,243.88 lbs --
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    CAFLON SXS 40%, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC
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