Surfactant solution for solvent replacement

09 October 2014

Surfactant solution for solvent replacement

STEPOSOL MET-10U can replace many common solvents such as Dibasic Ester, D-Limonene, and Glycol Ethers, NMP, Methylene Chloride

By Stepan


STEPOSOL® MET-10U utilises the cleaning properties of a surfactant to outperform many common solvents in household cleaning, paints & coatings removal and adhesive removals. It fulfils the role of both a low HLB surfactant and a powerful solvent which allows it to be highly effective against a broad range of soils.

STEPOSOL® MET-10U can be used in formulations ranging from pH 3–12 while achieving viscosities from water-thin to gel. This metathesis-derived, nonionic surfactant is an unsaturated, short chain amide resulting from Stepan’s collaboration with Elevance Renewable Sciences and furthers Stepan’s effort to deliver renewable, naturally-derived products to the market.

With a Kauri-Butanol value higher than 1000, STEPOSOL® MET-10U provides superior cleaning performance while also being environmentally friendly due to a low vapour   pressure, high boiling point, and Biorenewable Carbon Index (BCI) of 75%.

Its great ability to dissolve materials is shown in the Hansen Solubility Solvents Map below. The graph shows that it has a large Hansen space, overlapping the four groups of solvents. This means that STEPOSOL® MET-10U will dissolve a wide range of soils.



STEPOSOL® MET-10U is effective in a variety of cleaning formulations.
Application examples include:

•    All-purpose cleaner
•    Kitchen / Exhaust hood degreaser
•    Oven cleaning
•    Driveway & Concrete cleaner
•    Car wash
•    Engine degreaser
•    Tank cleaner
•    Metal cleaner
•    Heavy duty degreaser
•    Grill cleaner
•    Coating remover
•    Graffiti remover
•    Paint stripper
•    Paper chemicals
•    Rig wash


STEPOSOL® MET-10 advantages

•    Effective grease cutting at low levels (0.5% or less)
•    Low HLB, nonionic
•    Amide classification
•    Surface tension reduction
•    Compatible with foaming formulas
•    Fast removal kinetics
•    Bio based – High BCI (Biorenewable Carbon Index)
•    Non-flammable
•    LVP-VOC, Non-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant)
•    Formula ability in aqueous and non-aqueous cleaners
•    Excellent solvency at neutral pH
•    Stable over a wide pH range (3-12) for alkaline or acidic formulas
•    Capable of solubilising many soils; HSP space
•    Water, white
•    Mild, low odour
•    Excellent solubility in organic solvents
•    Can function as a neat industrial solvent
•    Readily biodegradable



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