Benzalkonium Chloride Excipient | Uses, Suppliers, and Specifications
Benzalkonium Chloride is a quaternary ammonium salt and a cationic surfactant. It is not a single chemical substance, rather it is a mixture of related compounds which can be described as alkylbenzylammonium chlorides, having the nitrogen atom substituted by two methyl groups, an alkyl group of variable length (C8-C18) and a benzyl group. Benzalkonium chloride is supplied in multiple formats, including white or whitish powder, viscous liquid, and flakes. It has a characteristic odour.
Synonyms and Trade Names: Benzalkonium Chloride; BKC, Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride; Hyamine 3500; Zephiran, FeF® BKC
Pharmacopoeial Compliance: USP-NF; Ph. Eur; JP; IP
Uses and Applications: Antimicrobial Preservative; Skin Antiseptic; Disinfectant, Wetting Agent, and Therapeutic Agent
Chemical Structure & Identifiers
Applications in Pharmaceutical Formulations or Technology
Safety and Precautions
Stability and Storage Conditions
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
Manufacturers & Suppliers
Additional Resources (Downloads)
References and Literature Used
PharmaCentral.com may on occasion publish user-generated content. Any information provided on our platform is for general informational and educational purposes only. All information is provided in good faith to enable collaboration and sharing of know-how among our community of users. Authors who submit content retain copyright to it.
PharmaCentral.com does not make any representation or warranty of any kind regarding its accuracy, adequacy, or legality. Any references to particular product names, brands, descriptions, formats, styles, corporate entities, tests, applications, technologies, uses, standardisations, medical conditions, and treatments are for illustration purposes and should not be considered complete or binding. All respective intellectual property, such as trademarks and logos, are properties of their owners
Fair Use Copyright Disclaimer
Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for ‘Fair Use’ for purposes such as criticism, comment, news, reporting, scholarship, education, and research.
Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.
Some information contained on PharmaCentral.com may contain copyrighted material, the use of which may not have been specifically authorised by the respective copyright owners. Some material is made available to help explain and relay complex phenomena, formulae, physical and chemical constants, and other concepts that are scientifically incontestable but relevant to the use of products, and/or to illustrate, transmit, and teach pharmaceutical science principles. Some material is published to support research and user education, and for the public good.