Fatty amine ethoxylates are non-ionic surface-active agents manufactured by addition of different moles of ethylene oxide to fatty amines producing a range of ethoxlated molecules.Fatty amine ethoxylates, range from liquid, to pasty solids. This nature depends on the length of fatty alkyl chain and the apparent number of ethoxyl groups. These Non-ionic surfactants contain both hydrophobic tail portion and hydrophilic polar head groups. Therefore, they tend to dissolve in both aqueous and oil phase reducing the surface tension of liquids. Using more hydrophilic groups like EO brings about better solubility in water since more hydrogen bonding exists. These Fatty amine ethoxylates do not dissociate in solution i.e. non-ionic in solution thus do not form charged particles with residual electrical charge. This means that these non-ionic Fatty amine ethoxylate surfactants will work well in hard water and at low temperatures. Moreover, they exhibit more stability in acidic and alkali solution plus miscibility with other surfactants. Further, since these Fatty amine ethoxylates are nonionic surfactants they exhibit excellent foam properties, outstanding solvency and absolute chemical stability providing overall good detergency properties.
Raw Fatty amines like tallow amine, tallowdiamine, lauryl amine, cocoamine, stearyl amine and oleyl amine are routinely converted to fatty amine ethoxylates in Venus-Goa plants across India. Ethoxylated fatty amines belong to the category of non-ionic surfactants therefore can be used as emulsifiers and in emulsifier blend formations. For example Fatty amine ethoxylates function as wetting agent and dye leveling agents in textile industries and industrial detergents, solubilizer in textile processing, anti-corrosion agents in oil & gas, and as adjuvant or emulsifiers in agrochemicals. Their broad applications also includes sanitizers, dispersants, stabilizers, and anti-foaming agents. Fatty amine ethoxylates are considered as a useful an intermediate for the synthesis of anionic surfactants. They have a wide application. However, their cationic characteristics have extended their use of these compounds and have brought out novel and valuable means for handling many industrial problems. The corrosion inhibitory properties they display are very important in petroleum refinery processes. For instance, a continuous injection of minor amounts of polyoxyethylated amine into the refinery processes protects metal surfaces from reacting with water, hydrogen chloride and hydrogen sulfide. In addition, metallic and mineral surface may absorb the cationic surfactant.
Venus manufactures a wide range of ethoxylates of C12 to C22 Fatty Amines like Coco amine, Oleyl Amine, tallow Amine, tallow diamine, Stearyl Amine etc.