- Since its launch in the 60's as a replacement of the poorly biodegradable Branched Alkylbenzene Sulfonate, the Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) become the most widely used surfactant in household detergents. After half a century of use in virtually all kind of detergent formats worldwide LAS remains as the workhorse surfactant.
This paper provides an overview of the facts which contribute to the LAS success. A great future is foreseen. The history of LAS is still being written.