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Polysorbate 20

Product Information

CAS Number


Additive Number

A1137 / E432

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Other Names

Tween 20
Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate
Polyoxyethylene Sorbitanmonolaurate
Sorbitan, monododecanoate, poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) derivatives

Polysorbate 20

About Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20 is a nonionic surfactant, wetter and emulsifier. It is a yellow to amber-colored liquid that is soluble in water and has a variety of properties that make it useful in different applications. It is used as a detergent and emulsifier in domestic & institutional cleaning, scientific, and pharmacological applications.

Cosmetic and Personal Care Uses

Polysorbate 20 is commonly used in the cosmetic and personal care industries. It is used as an emulsifier and a solubilizer in a variety of products, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and creams. It is also used as a dispersing agent to help ingredients mix evenly in a product. Polysorbate 20 is known for its ability to reduce surface tension, making it easier to spread and apply on the skin.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Uses

Polysorbate 20 is also used in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. It is used as an excipient, a substance that is added to a medication to improve its stability and delivery. Polysorbate 20 is commonly used in vaccines and other injectable medications as a stabilizer and emulsifier.

Food and Beverage Uses

Polysorbate 20 is used in the food and beverage industries as an emulsifier and stabilizer. It is commonly used in ice cream, whipped cream, and other dairy products to improve texture and prevent separation.

Industrial Uses

Polysorbate 20 is used in various industrial applications, including as a lubricant and an emulsifier in the production of paints, coatings, and cleaning products.

Polysorbate 20 Purchasing Options

  • Available in 25kg carboys, 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs
  • Near 100% Purity

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