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The material selection platform
Cosmetics Ingredients
The material selection platform
Cosmetics Ingredients
Online Course

Surface Active Agents Complete Guide- Theory to Practical Utilization

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Tuesday May 28, 2024

Enhance performance and deliverable benefits of your surfactants with synergistic combinations and understanding the basic science that influences properties and applications.

With expert guidance, Eric Abrutyn, this course will take you through the basic physical and chemical properties, translate these properties into workable optimized utilization. For each of the four (4) key attributes (anionic/cationic/nonionic/amphoteric) ingredients, examples will be discussed along with some basic combinations for maximized performance.

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Eric Abrutyn Presented By:
Eric Abrutyn

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

Next Session: May 28, 2024
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

Most cosmetic ingredients contribute to surface activity and most cosmetic formulations n utilize a surface-active agent (example solubilization, dispersants, cleansing, wetting, controlling viscosity/rheology and stabilization, emulsification, foaming and foam boosting)

The challenge is understanding which ingredients to use in an application and how to choose from the myriad of reported surface-active agents.

The key is to understand the basic physical and chemical properties that include the four (4) key attributes overlaid with their hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic (HLB influencing cloud point and temperature) properties. Join this course to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the subject dealing with surface active agents (surface tension and intermolecular force affecting the physical stability and final functional benefits)
  • Understand the breakdown classification of surface-active agents of different types of chemical classes to understand how they can be used separately and synergistically
  • Utilize surface active properties to demonstrate how they can practically be utilized to develop specific formulations.
  • Ease your selection of ingredients with a clear review of their functional performance.
  • Enhance surface active properties and learn how to objectively assess performance.
Surface Active Agents

Who should attend?

  1. Ingredient manufactures’ looking to develop new and novel surface-active agents and synergistic combinations to meet one or all the properties that this functional class of physical chemistry provide
  2. Formulators looking to develop products that most likely require surface active functionality.
  3. Group, Brand leaders, Marketers who need to understand the benefits and how to communicate to the customer/consumer with the value-added benefits.


Complete the course and (unlock your personalized certificate) – your badge of accomplishment awaits!

Course Outline

  1. Basic understanding
    • Introduction
    • what is a surfactant?
    • Hydrophilic/Hydrophobic relationship (HLB)
    • classification of surfactants (with examples)

  2. Where to pay attention to understand how they work?
    • Historical perspective (wetting, spreading, contact angle, surface tension, adhesion, cohesion, micelles (and CMC), HLB, cloud point)

  3. Solve associated problems with understanding of science and apply them practically
    • From Science to Practical Utilization (Emulsions, emulsifiers, cleansing, detergency, foaming)
    • Environmentally sound Surface-active agents
    • Application examples

  4. References – further reading.

  5. Summation and Key point recap

  6. 30 mins ques/Ans- directly ask your ques with the expert.

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