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Fatty Acid Derivatives


The brand name UNISTER® describes a range of esters produced from fatty acids and various alcohols. The UNISTER® range is subdivided into the M series, H series, C series and E series, based on the alcohol used, and the properties of the product ester.

The M series comprises fatty acid esters of monohydric alcohols, which display low odor levels and light colors. The H series comprises fatty acid esters of neopentyl polyol, and includes both full esters and partial esters. The full esters are thermally stable, display excellent viscosity-temperature characteristics and lubricating properties, and also offer a low pour point, a high flash point, and excellent biodegradability.

UNISTER® is widely used as an engine oil and a lubricant in metal processing

They are widely used products, mainly as synthetic lubricants.
The partial esters have a high polarity and display good compatibility with resins, meaning they are typically used as internal lubricants or self-emulsifying oils.

The C series is a new range of ester oils, which offers a unique combination of high viscosity and low pour point that has been unattainable with conventional ester oils.

The E series comprises diesters of ethylene glycol, which are used mainly as pearling agents within cosmetic products.


The brand name ALFLOW® describes a range of amides produced from fatty acids and amines. The range includes monoamides producing using ammonia as the amine, and bisamides produced using ethylenediamine. Stearic acid is the main fatty acid used, although the range also includes amides of lauric acid, oleic acid and behenic acid, thereby satisfying demands across a wide range of different properties and functionalities. Examples of potential uses of these amides include lubricants, plasticizers, mold release agents, and antifoaming agents.

ALFLOW® improves the workability of plastic products

Metallic Soap

Metallic soap, which is formed using a salt of a fatty acid and an alkali earth metal, is produced industrially using either a double decomposition method or a direct method. NOF manufactures a variety of different metallic soap products, using both of these methods. Our product range includes metallic soaps produced using stearic acid, castor oil fatty acid or lauric acid as the fatty acid, and aluminum, calcium, zinc, magnesium or barium as the metal.

Potential applications for metallic soaps are many and varied, and include lubricants, water repellants, resin lubricants, PVC stabilizers, thickeners, matting agents, mold release agents, blocking prevention agents, vulcanization accelerators, base materials for greases, compounding agents for cosmetics, and food additives.

Fatty Acid Chlorides

NOF also manufactures fatty acid chlorides, where the hydroxyl group at the terminal of the fatty acid molecule has been substituted with a chlorine atom. Fatty acid chlorides are important acylating agents, and are used in many reactions for introducing an acyl group into another compound.

NOF supplies a large number of different fatty acid chlorides, which are manufactured using a wide variety of purified fatty acids as the raw material. Specific examples of our products include lauroyl chloride, oleoyl chloride, tallowyl chloride, myristoyl chloride, palmitoyl chloride and stearoyl chloride.


The brand name NISSANAMINE® describes a range of aliphatic amines produced by replacing the carboxyl group positioned at the terminal of a fatty acid molecule with an amine group. This range includes not only aliphatic primary amines, but also dimethylamine-based aliphatic tertiary amines, polyoxyethylene alkyl amine-based aliphatic tertiary amines produced by the addition of ethylene oxide, and aliphatic alkyl propylenediamines.

Examples of the aliphatic primary amines include lauryl amine, coconut alkyl amine, myristyl amine, palmityl amine, and stearyl amine, as well as hardened tallow alkyl amine, oleyl amine, and soybean alkyl amine. These primary amines are used not only as intermediates in the manufacture of industrial chemicals, but also as antistatic agents, additives for lubricating oils, and water treatment agents.

Examples of NOF CORPORATION's aliphatic tertiary amine products include long-chain alkyl dimethylamines based on lauryl, coconut alkyl, myristyl, palmityl, stearyl, and hardened tallow alkyl chains, as well as di(hardened tallow alkyl) monomethyl-type tertiary amines. The range also includes long-chain alkyl polyoxyethylene-based tertiary amines produced by the addition of ethylene oxide to an aliphatic primary amine. These tertiary amines are used mainly as raw materials in the manufacture of surfactants.

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