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Chemistry Corner – Wetting

Wetting is the ability of a liquid droplet to spread over a surface. Wetting agents are also known as surfactants – surface active agents.

Wetting agents are substances that reduce the surface tension of water to allow it to spread droplets onto a surface, increasing the abilities of a liquid. Lowering the surface tension lowers the energy required to spread droplets onto a film, thus weakening the cohesive properties of the liquid and strengthening its adhesive properties, increasing its penetrating, and spreading qualities through previously water repellent surfaces. Read More

Libraphos Range: Phosphate Esters

The Libraphos range is a series of phosphate esters; typically, 100% active anionic surfactants, suitable for use in a wide range of applicants and industries including metal working, textiles, detergents, and agriculture. They have properties that lie between ethoxylated non-ionics and sulphated surfactants.  They have good compatibility with inorganic builders, good emulsifying properties and a foaming capacity between low foaming non-ionics and high foaming ether sulphates. Read More

Network with Libra Speciality Chemicals at Sepawa Congress Virtual 2021

On the 13th – 15th October, Libra Speciality Chemicals will be exhibiting virtually at Sepawa Congress Virtual 2021. The annual Sepawa Congress is the most significant meeting point of the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and fragrance industry in Europe. Covid-19 has already had a significant impact on our industry, supply chain and networking abilities so any opportunity to network on an international scale is welcomed with open arms. Read More

Why ‘Green Chemistry’ is a Term We All Need to Familiarise Ourselves With

Sustainability is a word that all of us are familiar with. But why is it so important within our industry?

With the ever-looming threat of the environmental damage to our planet becoming increasingly irreversible unless we act immediately, it is vital that we all look at production from a sustainable point of view. The need for long term change is more pertinent than ever before. Read More

Librateric CAB 50: Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Librateric CAB 50 is a high active (38%) grade of Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Cocamidopropyl Betaine possesses exceptionally low odour and low colour qualities.

Our CAB 50 is around 25% more concentrated than standard betaine, which makes it hostile to microbial growth, therefore eliminating the need for a preservative. Furthermore, Librateric CAB 50 provides exceptional viscosity building and foam boosting to anionic based cleansers. Read More

Librateric AA Range: Coco Imino Dipropionates

Libraterics are a series of salt free Dipropionates which are conventional Amphoteric surfactants that can contain up to 7% salt. The Librateric series are highly versatile and are compatible with different types of surfactants. Their stability at high temperatures or in acid and alkaline conditions results in exceptional surfactant performance. Furthermore, products from the Librateric series possess low irritancy which makes them suitable for a variety of applications. Read More

LibraCare APG Series: Alkyl Polyglucosides

The Libracare APG series are a range of non-ionic surfactants primarily derived from renewable raw materials such as fatty alcohols from coconut and palm kernel oils and glucose from corn. These products are exceptionally mild, low in toxicity and, like the majority of our products here at Libra, they are readily biodegradable. Read More