Linear Alkyl Benzene LAB
Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB)
Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) is widely used as primary cleaning agent in household detergents due to its good biodegradability in the environment. LAB is sulfonated at downstream plants to produce Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonic Acid (known as LABSA), which is the most cost-effective surfactant available and mainly used in household laundry and cleaning products. A small proportion of LAB is employed in the manufacture of ink, agricultural herbicides, paint industry, and wetting agents.
In the downstream industry, it is first converted to sulfonic acid alkyl benzene acid (LAS), and then reacted with sodium carbamate (SOD) and converted to sodium alkylbenzene sulfonate.
The LAS produced by the addition of a series of other additives will ultimately be used as a dishwashing liquid and washing powder.