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viscous liquid

POE (20) sorbitan monooleate, Polyoxyethylenesorbitan monooleate, Polyethylene glycol sorbitan monooleate, Polysorbate 80
CAS Number:
MDL number:

Quality Level




viscous liquid

mol wt

micellar avg mol wt 79,000
average mol wt 1310


Oleic acid, ≥58.0% (balance primarily linoleic, palmitic, and stearic acids)

aggregation number



0.012 mM (20-25°C)

transition temp

cloud point 65 °C


1.064 g/cm3




cell analysis



InChI key


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TWEEN® 80 has been used in drug vehicle solution for specific injections in mice and rats. It has been used for the determination of esterase activity in bacterial cells.
Non-ionic detergent used for selective protein extraction and isolation of nuclei from mammalian cell lines.


1 L in poly bottle
25, 500 mL in poly bottle
1 gal in poly bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

TWEEN® 80 is a polysorbate surfactant which helps in stabilizing proteins and in protein membrane studies. It is regularly used for the extraction of membrane proteins and isolation of nuclei from cells.

Legal Information

TWEEN is a registered trademark of Croda International PLC

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids



Flash Point(F)

235.4 °F - closed cup

Flash Point(C)

> 113 °C - closed cup

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. What is the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) of Product P1754, TWEEN® 80?

    The CMC value is 13-15 mg/Liter. 

  4. Is Product P1754, TWEEN® 80, sterile?

    The product is not sterile. Autoclaving a solution of TWEEN 80 is generally not advised. Sterile filtration is more easily done if the liquid is warmed to about 40°C and alternate portions of hot distilled water and TWEEN 80 are poured through the 0.22 μm filter. The TWEEN 80 will blend and remain in solution.

  5. Is Product P1754, TWEEN® 80, cell culture tested?

    No, P1754 is not cell culture tested, but product P4780 is cell culture tested TWEEN 80.

  6. Is Product P1754, TWEEN® 80, tested for RNase and DNase activity?

    No. Product P1754 is not tested for contaminating RNase and DNase activity.  Product P5188 is a Molecular Biology grade product that has been tested for DNase and RNase.

  7. Is it normal for the color of Product P1754, TWEEN® 80, to change from lot to lot?

    Yes. According to Sigma-Aldrich's specifications, Product No. P1754 can appear bright yellow to yellow with a green cast.  Please see our Specification Sheet for more information.

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  9. What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?

    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

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