Surface Chemistry

The science that can make all the difference. Our Surface Chemistry business makes surface-active agents that are used in everything from asphalt and agro chemicals to paint and personal care products.

These chemicals make it possible to mix or separate two different materials. We’re one of the world’s leading producers of all types of surfactants, including cationic, anionic and non-ionic. Surface-active agents are remarkably flexible. They can emulsify, disperse, clean, wet, aggregate, foam, de-foam, disinfect, soften and more.

As a result they’re used in a huge range of industrial and consumer products. These include cleaning goods, oil field applications, printing, paints, fabric softeners, asphalt, mining and electronics.

We also produce aqueous solution polymers, emulsion polymers and carbon disulfides that are used in everything from construction and oilfield drilling to homecare and adhesives. So even if you’ve never heard of surface-active agents, you’ve certainly encountered them in your daily life.

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