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The Properties and Functions of Polysorbate 20

The Properties and Functions of Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20, also known as polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate is sythesized by ethoxylation of sorbitan with the addition of lauric acid. It has a molecular formula of C58H114O26. At room temperature, it is a light-yellow viscous liquid. 

Polysorbate 20 is a type of hydrophilic nonionic surfactant that has numerous functions and polysorbate 20 uses can be found in food, cosmetic, pharamaceutical and industry.

Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate can act as a surfactant in essence and lipid soluble vitamin formulations. It can also form oil-in-water emulsions to stabilize active pharmaceutical ingredients. Depending on specific industrial and product requirements, different grades of polysorbate 20 can be offered.

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