Hydrophile Lipophile Balance (HLB) is a way of measuring a substances solubility within water or oil. The HLB system was created as a tool to make it easier to use nonionic surfactants. The HLB system enables you to assign a HLB value to a surfactant and a HLB requirement to the application for that surfactant. Properly matching these values helps develop your formulations.
Step 1: Determine the HLB requirement of the oil.
Step 2: Determine the most effective surfactant chemistry.
Step 3: Determine surfactant concentration required to achieve desired stability and or rheology.
Download our Surfactant selection guide to learn more about how HLB could be important for you to understand and to apply to your formulations.
Along with the Surfactant Selection Guide which is available for download, we have a number of in-house experts in this area. Our specialists will happily work with you to determine the HLB of your surfactants or the HLB requirement of your applications. Our experts can work alongside you in your formulations helping you overcome any issues which may arrise. The HLB system can become a complex process and our in-house expertise is always here to assist.
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