Multiple Strategies on Surfactant Analysis

Alfa Chemistry, an ISO 9001:2015 certified provider of testing services, recently announced its capability in surfactant analysis for consumer product industries and surfactant manufacturers. Utilizing the most up-to-date instruments, Alfa Chemistry can analyze, identify, and quantify surfactants for final products, intermediates, and residues in a cost-effective and accurate manner.


The increasing use of surfactants in a diverse application of products, such as pesticides, detergents, petroleum, and cosmetics, has exerted a necessity to find ways to ensure their efficacy and safety. Meanwhile, surfactant analytical testing is an effective approach to fulfill this job.


Most surfactant analyses require some sort of component separation techniques within the sample. “Our highly skilled technicians are good at utilizing the most advanced instrumentations, such as ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), to perform surfactant analyses,” said the Marketing Chief of Alfa Chemistry.


Overall, the surfactant analysis team of Alfa Chemistry is able to perform the following tasks:


  • To conduct composition analysis of anionic, cationic, and nonionic surfactants
  • To identify and quantify surfactants in detergents as well as other consumer items
  • To quantify sodium lauryl sulfates
  • To characterize surfactants used in manufacturing processes (i.e., raw materials)
  • To identify surfactants in commercial products for reverse engineering


Different analytical methods and instruments should be selected according to the characteristics of surfactants. There are many types, including: anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants, amphoteric surfactants, and nonionic surfactants. In some cases, it is a must to simultaneously analyze a mixture of several surfactants mentioned above.


Only when the most appropriate strategy is chosen, the highest efficiency and most reasonable cost can be ensured. “In addition to UPLC, HPLC, and LC-MS, we also have other instruments like GC-MS, NMR, FT-IR, and ICP, ready to play their roles when required. Our experts work closely with clients to understand their needs and develop the most efficient plans for the analytical projects accordingly,” the Marketing Chief further added.


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The commercialization of synthetic surfactants can be traced back to the 20th century. As one of the most widespread chemicals, surfactants have been used in various sectors, from cloths, foods, detergents, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture to modern science. Alfa Chemistry is an ISO 9001:2015 certified supplier of multiple surfactants and a service provider for surfactant synthesis and testing.