Journal of Surfactants and Detergents

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 913–918 | Cite as

Catalysts for the Ethoxylation of Esters

  • Martino Di Serio
  • Riccardo Tesser
  • Vincenzo Russo
  • Rosa Turco
  • Rosa Vitiello
  • Yongqiang Sun
  • Wiesław Hreczuch
Short Communication


The intermediates for the production of nonionic surfactants can be derived from petrochemicals and/or from renewable raw materials. In both, the role of catalysis is fundamental. In this paper the main results reported in the literature related with the catalysis for ethoxylation of fatty esters will be reviewed. The main open challenges for these technologies will be outlined.


Synthesis Non-ionic surfactants Ethoxylation of esters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.CIRCCBariItaly
  3. 3.Research Institute of Daily Chemical IndustryTaiyuanChina
  4. 4.MEXEOKędzierzyn-KoźlePoland

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