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Difference between Emulsion and Dispersion

What is the difference between Emulsion and Dispersion?

While emulsions and dispersions have similar characteristics, it is important to understand their differences. An emulsion is a uniform mixture of two immiscible liquids (i.e. oil and water). Oil in water are characterized by things like moisturizers. An example of water in oil emulsion is sunscreen.

A dispersion is when small, water-insoluble particles are mixed in a liquid. They must undergo a powerful mixing process to integrate the small particles within the liquid base so that they remain suspended in a homogenous mixture.

The BYK-Gardner Dispersion Team is ready to answer any questions you may have about our products. To speak with a dispersion specialist contact us at (800) 343-7721 or request a catalog.

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