Ammonium nonoxynol-4 sulfate
Time: 2012-09-27 17:25:34

Ammonium nonoxynol-4 sulfate


PEG-4 nonyl phenyl ether sulfate, ammonium salt;

Polyethylene glycol (4) nonyl phenyl ether sulfate, ammonium salt;

Polyoxyethylene (4) nonyl phenyl ether sulfate, ammonium salt;

Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), alpha-sulfo-omega-(nonylphenoxy)-, ammonium salt (EO=4);


Anionic Surfactant

> Sulfate

>> Phenol Polyether Sulfate

>>> Phenol Polyoxyethylene Ether Sulfate

>>>> Linear Alkylphenol Polyoxyethylene Ether Sulfate

Chemical Numbering System

CASRN9051-57-4; 31691-97-1


Molecular Formula & Molecular Weight

Molecular Formula: C23H43NO8S; C23H40O8S.H3N

Molecular Weight: 493.65



Appearance    (1), paste; (2), transparent liquid; (3), solid.

Solubility    soluble in water.

Stability    stable in weak acid and hard water; unstable in strong acid, hydrolyzed; unstable in alkali, can release ammonia.

Risk    Liquid (or paste) form: irritation, irritation to skin, eye.

GHS (Rev.7) label: 

Animal Toxicity

Table 1 Animal toxicity values

rat oral LD50


Ecology    may be hazardous to environment. Water body should be given special attention.

Biodegradability    biodegradable.

Characteristics    excellent cleansing, foaming, emulsifying, wetting, dispersing, solubilizing, foam stabilizing abilities. Resistant to hard water.

Note    (1), 1,4-dioxane generated during preparation: probable carcinogen. However, can be acceptable when concentration of 1,4-dioxane is less than 30ppm or less.


Currently, sulfated reaction through continuous reactor (such as: falling film reactor) is the most widely used method for preparing sulfates.

Polyoxyethylene nonyl phenyl ether and sulfur trioxide react through reactor, then ammonia water neutralizes, finally obtain product.

US patent 8,921,588 (Process for preparing sulfates and/or sulfonates in a micro-reaction system) presents a synthetic process. Conditions: mole ratio of sulfur trioxide and polyethers or other raw materials: 1:1; temperature: 30-60°C; reactor: falling film reactor.

Quality Standards & Test Methods

1, Physical and chemical indexes


Physical and chemical indexes

High-enriched type

Low-enriched type

Actives, %, ≥

55.0 - 70.0

25.0 - 35.0

pH (25°C, 5% solution)

4.5 - 7.0

4.5 - 7.0

Density, g/mL, 25°C, approx



1,4-Dioxane, ppm, ≤



Test Methods

(1), Actives

GB/T 5173 Surface active agents and detergents-Determination of anionic-active matter by direct two-phase titration procedure

ISO 2271 Surface active agents -- Detergents -- Determination of anionic-active matter by manual or mechanical direct two-phase titration procedure

(2), pH

GB/T 6368 Surface active agents - Determination of pH of aqueous solution - Potentiometric method

ISO 4316 Surface active agents -- Determination of pH of aqueous solutions -- Potentiometric method

(3), Density

GB/T 4472 Determination of density and relative density for chemical products

ISO 758 Liquid chemical products for industrial use -- Determination of density at 20 degrees C

(4), 1,4-Dioxane

GB/T 26388 Determination of dioxane residues in surfactants - Gas chromatographic method

ISO 17280 Surface active agents -- Determination of 1,4-dioxan residues in surfactants obtained from epoxyethane by gas chromatography

2, Hazardous substances indexes


Hazardous substances indexes

High-enriched type

Low-enriched type

Heavy metals (as Pb), mg/Kg, ≤



As, mg/Kg, ≤



Test Methods

(1), Heavy metals (as Pb)

Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (2015 Edition)

GB/T 30799 The test method of food detergents - Determination of heavy metals

(2), As

Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (2015 Edition)

GB/T 30797 The test method of food detergents - Determination of total arsenic

3, Further explanation

(a), On physical and chemical indexes: firstly, shall be indicated carbon atom distribution; secondly, shall be indicated average molecular weight.

(b), Used in cosmetics, should be test for harmful substances; or furtherly test for microorganisms.

Major Uses

1, Typical applications

Use as cleansing agent.

Use as emulsifying agent, dispersing agent.

Use as foam stabilizing agent, foaming agent.

Use as solubilizing agent.

2, Industrial cleaning agents

Use as cleansing agent, foaming agent.

3, Emulsion polymerization

Emulsifier, particle size controlling agent in emulsion polymerization. Can improve the stability of the emulsion system. For example, can be applied to the emulsion polymerization of styrene-acrylic acid copolymer.

4, Personal care products

Use as cleansing agent. Can be used in personal care products, but not recommended.




[1]: ChemIDplus. Ammonium nonoxynol-4 sulfate, 9051-57-4

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