Tall oil fatty acid

Yellowish-brown viscous liquid.

Tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) is a light yellow liquid derived from the acidic fraction of tall oil, a by-product of the Kraft pulping process. It has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids and is used in a variety of applications, including soap making, lubricants, coatings, and adhesives. It can also be esterified to produce biodegradable products such as alkyd resins and surfactants.

Energy Sector

Tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) is primarily used in the production of biodiesel as a feedstock for esterification reactions, due to its high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is also used as an additive in oil-based drilling fluids, serving as a defoamer and lubricant. In addition, TOFA can be used as a surfactant in enhanced oil recovery processes to improve oil extraction. Its versatility and biodegradability make it a promising candidate for various energy-related applications, including lubricant additives, transformer oils, and as a fuel in power generation.


Tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) is a byproduct of the papermaking process, primarily derived from pine trees. It is a versatile chemical that finds uses in several industries, including the pulp and paper industry. In this sector, it is commonly used as a feedstock for the production of tall oil rosin and tall oil pitch. Additionally, TOFA is used as a lubricant in the pulp and paper industry. Outside of this sector, it has applications in the production of paints, adhesives, coatings, and plasticizers. In the energy sector, it is used as a drilling fluid additive and in the production of biodiesel.

CAS No.: 61790-12-3


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