With almost 200 surfactants in our product line, choosing the right product can be a challenge. The table below lists various emulsion polymerization applications and desirable performance features for each. It then provides a list of recommended DOW surfactants that can satisfy your basic requirements.

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Application Performance Features Selected Surfactant Recommendations
All Polymer Systems Good monomer emulsion stability, can be used during polymerization or post-added, improves colloidal stability DOWFAX™ 8390
TERGITOL™ 15-S Series
TERGITOL™ XD
TRITON™ X Series
Post-add Emulsifier Good dispersion stability, low surface tension, freeze-thaw stability TERGITOL™ 15-S Series
TERGITOL™ TMN-6 (90%)
TERGITOL™ TMN-10 (90%)
Silicone Emulsion Stabilizers Excellent emulsifier for challenging systems, provides excellent freeze-thaw stability TERGITOL™ TMN-6 (90%)
TERGITOL™ TMN-10 (90%)
All Acrylics-based Systems Provides good wetting, good monomer emulsion stability, water resistance DOWFAX™ 2A1
DOWFAX™ 30599
TRITON™ QS-44
TRITON™ XN-45S
TRITON™ XQS-20
Styrene / Butadiene-based Systems Provides good wetting, good monomer emulsion stability, water resistance DOWFAX™ 2A1
Suspension Polymerization of Vinyl Chloride Provides good wetting, outstanding stabilizer, water resistance
Styrene / Acrylics- based Systems Provides excellent stabilization, small particle size DOWFAX™ 2A1
TRITON™ XN-45S
Rubber Provides excellent stabilization DOWFAX™ 2A1
DOWFAX™ 3B2
TRITON™ QS-44
Polychloroprene Can be eliminated by coagulation DOWFAX™ 3B2
PVC Film Applications Provides films of excellent transparency, faster release of bubbles during processing DOWFAX™ 2A1


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