SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Alkyl Polyglycosides: Versatile, Biodegradable Surfactants for the Agricultural Industry


Alkyl polyglycosides, a new class of nonionic surfactants, meet the challenges of the agricultural industry by being biodegradable and effective. Their physical properties make them superior surfactants for many applications in a wide range of conditions. Alkyl polyglycosides have excellent aqueous solubility and are stable in the presence of high levels of electrolytes. In addition, they are non-gelling and insensitive to temperature changes due to the lack of a cloud point. These unique solubility properties coupled with their compatibility with anionic, cationic and other nonionic surfactants, make it easy to formulate concentrated or dilute products. Alkyl polyglycoside surfactants are environmentally safe and have excellent toxicity and biodegradability profiles. Alkyl polyglycoside surfactants offer the agricultural industry a new biodegradable raw material with a broad range of properties and advantages.

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Aleksejczyk, RA
Henkel Corporation — Emery Group, Ambler, PA
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Developed by Committee: E35
Pages: 22–32
DOI: 10.1520/STP20180S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5221-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1439-5