It is a dispersant for aqueous suspension concentrates. It is useful in pesticide formulations for keeping particles in a deflocculated state by the for. Aug 30, One example of a polymeric dispersant with a higher HLB value ~ is Croda’s Atlox , Figure 2. Atlox is a hydrophilic methyl. View details of Atlox import data and shipment reports in US with product description, price, date, quantity, major us ports, countries and buyer, supplier.

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Forward Favorites Print Share Aug. The crop protection market is facing unprecedented challenges arising from environmental matters such as reduction of active ingredient a.

As a result, agrochemical formulations are becoming more complex, often requiring enhanced bioefficacy and inclusion of multiple a.

There are many different mechanisms in which stabilisation can be achieved by the surfactant system and one of the most common is by steric stabilisation.

As particles approach each other, the adsorbed dispersant chains intermingle, which is thermodynamically unfavourable and presents a barrier to further attraction. The force-distance curves below indicate only one minimum whose depth depends on several factors, importantly one of atloz is the adsorbed layer thickness.

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When this exceeds a certain value, the dispersion or emulsion approaches thermodynamic stability. Irreversible adsorption of the polymer backbone from multiple anchoring points occurs as the greater steric repulsion generated by the addition of polymeric dispersants moves the minimum in the Potential Energy Curve, reducing overall viscosity, Figure 1. Polymeric surfactants also offer greater steric repulsion due to their considerably higher molecular weights compared to traditional monomeric surfactants.


Potential energy curve achieved with and without polymeric surfactants. Structural features of polymeric surfactants can allow multiple functionality binding sites to give durable adsorption layers upon many physically and chemically different particles.

However, surface properties of the particles are critical to the effectiveness of the polymer. Optimal steric stabilisation is achieved when the polymer chains are fully solvated by the medium of the formulation. Steric stabilisation has a number of advantages, including the possibility of achieving unique emulsification and dispersion effects in both aqueous and non-aqueous systemsthe formation of thermodynamically stable colloidal systems and most importantly, design and use of tailor made molecules.

Polymeric surfactants fall into several categories but two most common architectures are block copolymers and random copolymers. At Croda we have a number of polymeric surfactants each designed with a specific architecture. It can tolerate a high level of inorganic salts or water miscible organic materials in the aqueous phase.

The oil phase used can range from paraffinic mineral oils, hydrocarbon aromatic solvents, diesel oil, kerosene, vegetable oils and fatty acid esters.

Atlox is a hydrophilic methyl methacrylate graft copolymer and a useful dispersant for organic or inorganic active ingredients in water as it adheres at a particulate interface. Dispersions formed using Atlox are sterically stabilised by the hydrated PEG extending from the acrylate polymer backbone and are relatively insensitive to the presence of salts or solubilised organic materials in the aqueous phase.

Hydrophilic PEG chains extend into the water phase and the hydrophobic polymer backbone sits on the interface of the dispersed particle covering the surface and the extended polymer chains prevent the particles from coming into contact with other particles. In the past, is has been common to see formulation ingredients from other markets being used in agrochemical formulations. Due to work on overcoming resistance or differentiating products in the market, there is increasing interest in the synthesis of tailor-made polymeric surfactants to provide advanced or specific roles.

Although not as well-defined as small-molecule surfactants, polymeric surfactants offer greater opportunities in terms of flexibility, diversity and functionality.


This is especially true in the light of recent advances in controlled living radical polymerisation chemistry, as exemplified by atom transfer radical polymerisation ATRP and, to a lesser extent, reversible addition fragmentation transfer RAFT polymerisation. These types of polymer chemistry have enabled synthetic polymer chemists to make new, well-defined amphiphilic block copolymers, many of which exhibit interesting surfactant behaviour.

Star polymers are another class of polymeric surfactants gaining interest because of their characteristic rheological and dilute solution properties. Increasing the number of arms decreases the degree of dynamic entanglement for star shaped polymers compared to a linear polymer of the same molecular weight. This new molecule is a high molecular weight polymeric emulsifier and dispersant with low HLB developed to provide excellent stability when used in a variety of crop formulations.

For example, enhancing emulsion stability through increased steric hindrance of irreversible flocculation. The star consists of a sorbitol base reacted with ethylene oxide EO.

This product is then further reacted atlkx a polymerised fatty acid resulting in between polymerised fatty acid chains randomly distributed across the star shape.

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This unique star shaped structure is what gives Atlox its superior stability. There is a larger portion of the Atlox molecule anchored in both the water and the oil phases when compared to the smaller sorbitan ester emulsifier molecule and even the block stlox Atlox This creates a larger steric barrier effectively preventing droplet coalescence and so the stability of the emulsion is increased. Functionality of a monomeric surfactant, a traditional polymeric surfactant and the newly developed star polymer Atlox With multiple anchoring points into the oil phase derived from the addition of polymerised fatty acid chains, the star polymer can perform as an exceptional emulsion stabiliser.

There is also a hydrophilic aspect to the molecule that arises from the unreacted arms of the ethoxylated sorbitol base structure. In conclusion, polymeric surfactants offer the formulator a toolbox of materials in qtlox greater stability of formulations can be achieved. Forward Favorites Print Share.