What are NEODOL LM ethoxylates?
Oleo alcohol feedstocks can be processed in much the same way as alcohols derived from alpha or internal olefins. NEODOL LM ethoxylates are produced from C12 to C16 alcohols derived from oleochemical sources (eg plant oils) and are typically more than 99% linear. Since the ethoxylates are manufactured by Shell, feedstock alcohols from outside suppliers must meet rigorous Shell quality standards to ensure overall quality and product performance.
How are NEODOL LM ethoxylates used?
Our NEODOL LM ethoxylates are used in many of the most respected consumer detergents, cleaning products and personal care products worldwide.
By adjusting the ratio of our Shell surfactants, and sometimes by combining with other surfactant types, formulations can be optimised for such features as detergency, foam profile, builder type, enzyme stability, cold water performance and product multi-functionality.
Certain applications may support the interchange of NEODOL LM ethoxylates with other NEODOL ethoxylate grades, so providing flexibility in formulations. Having both NEODOL ethoxylate and NEODOL LM ethoxylate options lets customers fully consider value, availability and performance of both types of surfactants when making purchasing decisions.
Our key strengths in NEODOL LM ethoxylates
- Produced at one of the largest integrated EO-ethoxylation facilities in the world.
- Active player in industry forums that promote scientific, risk-based assessments of alcohols and ethoxylates.
- Technical product experts, located in Houston and Amsterdam, work closely with customers to identify the appropriate products for their needs, and to optimise customer formulations.
- We have a depth of knowledge and experience gained over more than 60 years in producing surfactants.
As shown in the table below, NEODOL LM ethoxylates are named based on the number of carbon atoms contained in the product followed by a number indicating the average moles of ethylene oxide (EO) that are added.
For example, NEODOL LM 1214-2 is a blend of C12, C14 and C16 alcohols with an average of 1.8 moles of ethylene oxide.
|NEODOL LM 1214-2||1.8||NEODOL LM 1214-2 is based on C12-C16 alcohols derived from oleochemical processes with a target average of 1.8 moles of ethylene oxide per mole of alcohol.||Datasheet|
|NEODOL LM 1214-3||2.7||NEODOL LM 1214-3 is based on C12-C16 alcohols derived from oleochemical processes with a target average of 2.7 moles of ethylene oxide per mole of alcohol.||Datasheet|
|NEODOL LM-7||-||NEODOL LM-7 is based on detergent alcohols derived from oleochemical processes, with an |
average of approximately 7 moles of ethylene oxide per mole of alcohol. The typical range of
C16 in the starting alcohol is 0–2 %.
|NEODOL LM-9||-||NEODOL LM-9 is based on detergent alcohols derived from oleochemical processes, with an |
average of approximately 9 moles of ethylene oxide per mole of alcohol. The typical range of
C16 in the starting alcohol is 0–2 %.
The Shell advantage
Why choose Shell?
Global supply capability
NEODOL LM* ethoxylates are manufactured to global specifications across the Shell manufacturing network. Shell's flexible distribution capabilities allow products to be shipped to alternate locations.
Experienced team, personal service
Shell customers have access to the support of experienced scientists who can offer hands-on expertise and data to customers when formulating new products.
Value through versatile products
Formulators have the flexibility of using the same NEODOL LM ethoxylate ingredient in several products, thus simplifying handling time and cost.
A good steward of the environment
Shell Chemicals have a strong focus on Product Stewardship and are committed to setting and achieving high standards in health, safety and environment (HSE) management. Commercial and technical teams work independently and with industry groups to test and evaluate products, and information is shared with customers and the industry on HSE matters.