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ExxonMobil supplies branched alcohols to the surfactant industry and provides guidance on ethoxylates derivatives 

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Explore the product excellence of Exxal branched alcohols

Exxal alcohols are isomeric branched, primary alcohols that contain both even- and odd-numbered hydrocarbon chains, ranging from C8 to C13.In general, there are two main types of structures in industrial alcohols:

  • Linear (or straight-chain) molecules: obtained from synthetic or natural sources;
  • Branched chain alcohols: produced from propylene and butene.


Branched structures of Exxal branched alcohols, intermediates for ethoxylates 

Our Exxal branched alcohols contain isomers with different branching structures. As with linear chains, Exxal alcohol purity exceeds 99%.


High-purity Exxal alcohols exhibit reactivity typical of higher primary alcohols. Thanks to their branched structure, Exxal alcohols are characterized by low pour points.


The pour point is the temperature below which the product does not flow. A low pour point facilitates transportation, storage and handling of products at low temperatures. While linear C12-C14 alcohol has a pour point around room temperature (20°C), branched alcohols such as Exxal 13 (an iso-tridecyl alcohol) have a pour point lower than -40 degrees. For operations in colder climates, using Exxal branched alcohols versus linear alcohols can reduce the need for heated tanks and lines. This could translate into lower energy bills and reduced handling costs, potentially leading to significant cost savings.

Exxal branched alcohol ethoxylates have a lower pour point for easier processing at low temperatures 

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Exxal™ 13/8EO
Linear C12-C14/8EO
Exxal branched alcohols have a low pour point, which can facilitate the processing of alcohols and their derivatives at low temperatures.

Discover the most common uses of Exxal branched alcohols

Exxal branched alcohols serve as intermediates for a variety of derivatives used in different applications.


Alcohol derivative Applications
Surfactants: ethoxylates, propoxylates and their derivatives including ethersulfates Industrial surfactants (e.g. textiles, ag-chem. polymerization, coatings), Industrial & Institutional cleaning, detergents, personal care
Esters Automotive lubricants
Industrial lubricants
Cosmetic emollients
Acrylates Adhesives, coatings
Zinc Dialkyl DithioPhosphates Lubricant additives
Hindered phenols Lubricant additives
Organic phosphites Polymer stabilizers (PVC)
Organic phosphates Flame resistant plasticizers
Mineral extraction
Thioglycolates Tin stabilizers for PVC
Polymethacrylates Viscosity index improvers for lubricants


Exxal branched alcohols can also be used in an unreacted form as solvents/co-solvents (for example in printing inks, coatings, metal extraction in mining) in order to enhance the solvency power.