Igepal®

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Description

[Rhodia, Inc] A registered trademark for a series of nonionic surfactants composed of alkylphenoxypoly(ethyleneoxy)ethanols. Igepal® surfactants are pale yellow viscous liquids. A 5% aqueous solution of Igepal® CA has a pH of 7-9. They are effective detergents, wetting agents and emulsifiers and have been used to remove tarnish from silver. However, alkylphenol ethoxylate compounds, like Igepal® and Triton® X, are xenoestrogens and should be handled with caution. Nonoxynol-9 (same as Igepal® CA-630) is also used as a spermicide.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Igepal® CA-630; Igepal CA-630; Nonoxynol-9

Other Properties

Miscible in water, ethanol and acetone. Soluble in benzene, toluene. Insoluble in ligroin.

Density 1.0595

Hazards and Safety

Contact will cause irritation to skin, and eyes. Extremely hazardous. Handle carefully and dispose as hazardous waste.

Talas: MSDS for Igepal CA-630

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Caring for your Collections, Arthur W Schulz (ed.), Harry N. Abrams, Inc. , New York, 1992
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997

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