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Team Sirius wishes very much strength to all those who fight in her or his way against the Covid-19 virus and its consequences.

Innovative Chelates

04 Sep 2020

The Sirius Effect:  This article will explain chelates and the road to more environmentally friendly versions. As chelates are pretty active, if not aggressive, materials, engineering a green chelate without giving in on their characteristics poses a challenge. At the moment Sirius is working with a manufacturer to bring an effective, biodegradable chelate manufactured without… Read more

100% Bio PEG

04 Jun 2020

The Sirius Effect: Why?  The most fundamental question can direct us to paths that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Rethinking the way we’ve always done things can lead us down greener paths, and to avenues we’ve never thought were possible. In life, there are certain inevitabilities, death and taxes being two of the most famous… Read more

Micro Crystalline Cellulose

05 May 2020

The Sirius Effect: “Going with the flow” is a metaphor for accepting things as they are, adapting to circumstances as you find them.  We are all adjusting, or trying to adapt to, the new circumstances required to live with the new coronavirus.  We can’t know what the future will demand, only that flexibility, and the… Read more

Pimping Powders

03 Apr 2020

The Sirius Effect: This past month we have seen—tragically—how something as insignificant as a minor cough can become an international health crisis. But we have also seen people coming together and helping each other in ways that are as surprising as they are beautiful.  And this is why we will continue to do what we… Read more

Sustainable Palm Oil

06 Mar 2020

The Sirius Effect: Palm kernel oil forms a major component of modern surfactants.  Unfortunately, the sustainability of the source of these oils is problematic-but the solution could be closer than we think, if we’re willing to get a little…dirty. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are everywhere.  They find their way into a vast array… Read more

Phantastic Phosphates

01 Dec 2019

The Sirius Effect: Phosphate molecules are often found in combination with other elements, such as calcium, sodium, potassium, aluminum and nitrogen. The chemical derivates of phosphoric acid have a wide range of use – from wastewater treatment to detergency, fertilizers, food, and soft drinks. Sirius International offers various types of Britequest phosphonics and Britephos phosphates… Read more

Biocidal Hygiene

09 Oct 2019

The Sirius Effect: Sirius International can provide you with raw materials approved by the biocides legislation, which will give you the freedom to say that your product is hygienic. For instance, Britebleach TAED (tetra acetyl ethylene diamine) and SPC (sodium peroxy carbonate). As the advertising industry becomes more and more creative in convincing people to… Read more

Cradle to cradle synergies

05 Mar 2019

What’s the most significant feature of a chemical product? Some people would say that how a commodity performs is the only thing that matters. But we, at Sirius International, are looking towards our planet’s future and we want it to be sustainable. Being aware of the environmental impact of chemical products is a crucial step… Read more

Water treatment dispersants

12 Jul 2018

Clean water isn’t necessarily the same as pure water. Even clean water contains ions and minerals that, under the right conditions, can cause corrosion and can precipitate out of solution, leading to scale buildup. In detergents, hard water ions inactivate the anionic surfactants, rendering them useless at solubilizing dirt.  The accumulation of salts into scale… Read more

Synergistic Water Treatment

05 Feb 2018

Water treatment is a balancing act of chemistry and temperature. Maintaining the pH and keeping all of the dissolved minerals in solution at temperatures where they would ordinarily precipitate out is no easy feat. Scale buildup can be costly, and not just because it makes heat exchange less efficient. It can interfere with the laminar… Read more


01 Dec 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body. It forms a critical barrier between the contents of our bodies and the outside world. But damage to the skin, whether due to physical trauma or innate sensitivity, can render the barrier ineffective. Eczema is a relatively common skin complaint; in its mild form it is little… Read more


01 Nov 2017

When it comes to cleaning agents, performance is critical. Cleaning agents are a careful mix of detergents, builders, enzymes, dispersants, and other chemicals designed for the sole purpose of getting rid of dirt. But scent – a quality that has no tangible bearing on performance – is arguably even more important for consumers than cleaning… Read more

Microbead Free Waters

07 Aug 2017

The Great Pacific Garbage patch is often imagined as a plastic soup of empty bottles, bags, lost toys, singular flip-flops, and other plastic flotsam floating about in the ocean. While this image has been useful for combatting littering and promoting recycling, at least half of the plastic waste comes from nets, ropes, and other fishery… Read more

Translucent Soap Noodles

10 Jun 2017

Summer is the season for being outside. The sun and the fresh air are wonderful, but for kids, it also means getting dirty, playing in sandboxes, and melting popsicles that leave a sticky film everywhere. Anybody who has a young child knows that a) they get their hands into everything, and b) getting a kid… Read more

Brilliant ideas

13 Dec 2016

Most of us are familiar with polymers as a fancy name for plastic, but these molecules are everywhere. Whether they are natural (starch, latex, proteins) or created in laboratories (Styrofoam, Cellophane), they are an integral part of the chemistry of life. The continual development of new polymers is one of the ways that chemistry continues… Read more

Cream and oil

01 May 2014

–      emulsions of oil in water –      emulsions of water in oil –      gels on water basis Naturally, oil and water do not mix. Therefore emulsifiers are added. Emulsifiers act like surfactants; their tails dissolve in the oil-part and their charged heads in the water-part. This way micelles are formed which do dissolve in oil… Read more

Metasilicates: protective and aggressive

01 Feb 2014

Sand is the raw material for metasilicates (Na2SiO3). Sand is a mixture of silicates, with quartz as the most known crystal form. When sand is molten together with soda at 1000oC, the reaction product solidifies at room temperature and forms glass. Glass, as a consequence, is also a mixture of silicates. This glass is dissolved in… Read more

Polymer dispersants: would you be so environmentally friendly … ?

01 Mar 2013

Many million liters of water flow through the water treatment- and detergent industries. With these liters, surface active substances flush into the environment. Also there they live up to their name; they are active in the surface water with often an unwanted and sometimes long lasting environmental effect. A known example are the phosphor- and… Read more

Nano titania: nano leaps for mankind

01 Oct 2012

June 2007 we presented our Newsletter about finding practical applications for nano technology. Now, 5 years up the road, there are some break throughs worth mentioning. First we repeat the basics. Nano technology changes the properties of surfaces on super small scale. This can give completely new functions to conventional surfaces. A common brick can… Read more

Citric acid: cheap ciTrics

01 Sep 2012

More than 1.6mn tons of citric acid are produced worldwide; half of it in China. Production capacity grows with 6-7% per year, thus exceeding the world economic growth. One third of all citric acid is consumed in Europe; amounting to a turn over of €320mn. Europe is the continent with the largest consumption of ctiric… Read more

Silicone oil: shining armour

01 Aug 2012

1914 the first automated car wash was opened, in Detroit. Since then, chemistry has helped cars to come a long way. Car shampoos are used to clean (see our February 2012 newsletter). This newsletter addresses car waxes or polishes. The goal of any car wax or car polish is 2-ways: Shine; to please the eye… Read more

PVP: Perfect Varnish Protection

01 Jul 2012

Who is not familiar with the frustration of one red sock coloring your white wash pink? Not at all nercessary when using the right laundry detergent (or paying more attention)! Make sure there is PVP in your laundry detergent. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP, povidone, polyvidone) is a polymer. Even though it is, like other polymers (plastics), badly… Read more

Water treatment; a good solution

01 Mar 2012

In many industries process water is used. Water is applied as cooling agent, solvent and means of transport. To save costs, process water is recycled. The recycle of process water is not a closed system. In cooling towers, open ransport systems and while emptying reactors, water evaporates. The dissolved substances remain behind in the circuit…. Read more

Disinfection: mean and clean

01 Apr 2011

Industry versus cosmetics When we mention disinfection, we have to distinguish between industrial disinfection and cosmetic/pharmaceutical disinfection. The regulations for the latter applications are a lot stricter, because they come into contact with the human body.Chemicals meant to harm bacteria could be harmful to human cells for comparable reasons. Some industrial disinfectants (antisceptics, biocides) also… Read more

Phosphonates: stain-less steel

01 Sep 2010

  Phosphonic acid and phosphonates are fine water softeners. Phosphonate molecules are characterized by adjacent phosphoric and oxygen atoms: P=O-OH. They dissolve readily in water, are chemically stable (no reaction with other ingredients) and function also at higher temperatures. How do phosphonates soften lime containing water? Lime containing (hard) water contains Calcium salts. Positive ions… Read more

Silicates: from sand to brand

01 Jun 2009

Silicates are made the same way glass is made. Glass is also a form of (crystalline) silicate. Glass/silicates are manufactured in the ancient process of melting together sand and soda at 1100-1200oC. After solidifying the sand + soda reaction product, glass remains.   Few people know it, but under high pressure glass dissolves in water…. Read more