QUAB 151 and the corresponding epoxide compounds of chlorohydrin reagents (QUAB 188 and QUAB 342, QUAB 360, and QUAB 426) react with substrates carrying hydroxyl, amino, mercapto, carboxyl, and other functional groups. The epoxy function affects the permanent chemical bonding of a quaternary ammonium group to the substrate. The quaternary ammonium group lends cationic character to the adducts and is stable over a wide pH range.
QUAB 188 and QUAB 151 cationize starches (such as corn, potatoes, tapioca, and wheat) and polymers like guar. Used in wet-end and surface-sizing paper production, the chemical bonding of QUAB cationizing reagents significantly improves the retention of native starches. The cationic starch´s affinity to the negatively charged fibers and fines of the cellulose pulp increases strength and filler absorption in paper manufacturing.
QUAB 151 is useful in specialized applications such as dry cationization processes and where it is essential to minimize the salt load in the effluent.
QUAB 188 and QUAB 151, as well as the QUAB Specialties QUAB 342, QUAB 360, and QUAB 426, modify natural polymers like guar, cellulose, protein, and their derivatives, often used in personal care formulations like shampoos, hair conditioners, and skincare ingredients.
The QUAB Specialties are long chain reagents offering beneficial surface active properties when reacted with substrates. Polymers reacted with these reagents, imparting cationic and hydrophobic properties to the modified polymers.
QUAB reagents can also modify polyvinyl alcohol and other synthetic polymers.
QUAB cationizing reagents also assist in chemical synthesis. QUAB 151 acts as a precursor for the production of carnitine, commonly used in pharmaceuticals.
Cationizing reagents have a demonstrated utility as substantive conditioning agents in hair care formulations and have also found wide acceptance in skin care products. Download our article to learn about cationizing reagent chemistry and the various commercial methods for producing cationic conditioning polymers.