Kemsurf OS38 is a product known for its effective foaming and excellent detergency. It finds application in a wide range of industrial and domestic scenarios where superior detergency and wetting properties are essential. Key properties of Kemsurf OS38 include higher solubility compared to dodecylbenzenesulphonates and alkyl sulfates, attributed to the hydroxy group, and the presence of unsaturated links in alkenyl derivatives. Additionally, it demonstrates good chemical stability, making it suitable for use in strong acid or alkaline formulations.

INCI Name: Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

Functions: Detergent, Foaming Agent, Surfactant, Surfactant (Anionic)

Labeling Claims: Foreign matter-free

Certifications & Compliance: ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001

Synonyms: Alkenes, C14-16 α-, sulfonated, sodium salts, Sulfochem AOS-K, C14-C16-Alkanehydroxysulfonic Acids Sodium Salts

Technical Data Sheet

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Identification & Functionality

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Features & Benefits

Labeling Claims
Industrial Additives Features

Applications & Uses

Applicable Processes
Application Format
Hair Care Applications
Home Care Applications
Personal Hygiene Applications

Kemsurf OS38 is used in many application areas such as:

  • Liquid hand soap
  • Foaming agent for personal care
  • Detergent for household and toiletries
  • Emulsion polymerisation
  • Shampoos - will not strip the hair of natural oils. When used in combination with betaines (Amphokem CAB) or amine oxides (Lansurf CAO) a similar performance to an alkyl sulfate (Kemsurf DSA) can be achieved
  • Liquid dishwashing
  • Firefighting foams


Physical Form
Clear amber liquid free from foreign matter (at 25°C)
Soluble in
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
S-Adenosyl Methionine (Eq. Wt. 320)37.0 - 39.0%-
pH (5% aqueous)6.0 - 8.0--
Color (in 5% aqueous)max. 80Hazen-
Viscosity (at 25°C)51.9cP-
Specific Gravity (at 20°C)1.07--
Pour Point-3.0°C-
Flash Pointmin. 150°CClosed Cup
Surface Tension (at 0.1% aqueous)31.6mN/m-
Critical Micelle Concentration301mg/L-

Regulatory & Compliance

Certifications & Compliance

Packaging & Availability

Regional Availability
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • USA
Packaging Information

Kemsurf OS38 can be supplied in bulk road tankers, IBC’s and 200kg nett drums.

Storage & Handling

Storage Conditions

Stainless steel, polyethylene or glass lined equipment is necessary for the storage of Kemsurf OS38 in order to prevent corrosion and subsequent contamination. This material can separate on standing and at low temperatures. May require agitation and warming prior to use.