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Stepan Co. introduced Steposol Met-10U, a novel surfactant derived from natural oils targeted to displace solvents.
Stepan said this cleaning solution is the first commercial product it launched as part of its joint development agreement with Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., which was established to develop and commercialize new surfactants and other products by combining Elevance's novel Inherent building blocks with Stepan's derivatization and application capabilities.
According to Stepan, Steposol Met-10U features include:
• As a household cleaner, delivers better and faster cleaning performance at half the solvent loading with neutral pH in comparison to alkaline degreasers (pH 11-13);
• As an adhesive remover, provides equivalent removal of various adhesives at 5 percent concentration in aqueous phase compared with 100 percent N-methyl pyrrolidone;
• As a paint remover, achieves safe and efficient removal of latex paint at 5 percent concentration in aqueous phase compared with 100 percent solvent systems with methylene chloride.
Stepan said Steposol Met-10U specific product attributes include its Kauri-butanol value greater than 1,000; boiling point of 297°C; Biorenewable Carbon Index of 75 percent; and formulating pH range of 3-12. These parameters create a high-strength and non-volatile surfactant, which provides faster and more effective cleaning by fulfilling the role of both a low HLB surfactant and a strong solvent.