Sorbitan monopalmitate is a light cream to brown-yellow solid that can come in bead, flake, or waxy form. It has a distinctive odor and mild taste. It is not soluble in cold water but can disperse in hot water to form a milky solution. It can dissolve in hot oils and various organic solvents to form a milky solution. It is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and textiles as an emulsifier, stabilizer, lubricant, antistatic agent, softener, finishing agent, and textile aid, among other things.
Sorbitan monopalmitate can be used as an emulsifier in the preparation of creams, lotions, and ointments. It can also be used as an emulsifier in conjunction with emulsifying plant oils, mineral oils, waxes, fatty acids, and esters. It serves as a lipophilic smoothing agent in synthetic fibers, imparting a soft feel. It can also serve as a dispersant for a variety of oils, as well as rust inhibitors, lubricants, and gas chromatography fixing solutions.
It can be used to prepare flame-retardant latex paint, which has excellent flame retardancy, good fire resistance, strong adhesion to the substrate, and good decorative properties.
It can be used to prepare an environmentally friendly cleaning agent for fabrics, which is simple and convenient to prepare, environmentally friendly, and has the characteristics of being mild, strong oil removal, and improving the deodorization, anti-static, and antibacterial properties of fabric products.
Sorbitan monopalmitate can be used to prepare a special antibacterial and anti-mildew latex paint for indoor walls, which has good antibacterial and anti-mildew properties, excellent water resistance, and construction performance, and strong adhesion to the substrate.
Sorbitan monopalmitate can also be used to prepare emulsifiers, especially suitable for the processing and production of food industries like bread and pastries.