Fernphos Phosphate Esters
Fernphos phosphate esters are anionic surfactantsproduced by using phosphoric acid to esterify various alcohol or fatty acid molecules. The phosphate group allows the fatty alcohol or fatty acid to change its physical and chemical properties resulting in alternative use capabilities. Fernphos phosphate esters are highly versatile surfactants that can be used for a wide range of applications. The primary advantage of phosphate esters over other surfactants is their alkali stability and solubility. They are excellent hydrotropes (water-loving molecules) and are effective coupling agents that display excellent wetting, emulsification, and detergency.
Ferphos phosphate esters are used widely in emulsion polymerization, metal finishing, household, industrial and institutional cleaners, textile preparations, lubricants, and metal working fluids. Being stable in high alkali concentrations makes these products highly effective in heavy duty industrial or household cleaners and degreasers, where high active heavy duty products are required. Fernol phosphate esters also exhibit good corrosion inhibition properties. This makes them useful in lubricants and anti-wear additives. They are also used in the manufacture of greases, drawing compounds, chain belt lubricants, gear oils, and hydraulic fluids.
Selecting a Fernol phosphate ester will depend on what your needs are with respect to the surface tension, solubility, foaming, and wetting needs of your system. To select the right product for your application, contact your Silver Fern Chemical sales representative.