Complexing agents are substances that bind specific ions in solution.
Their function is to remove from the environment or mask the ion that causes adverse effects. Due to their structure, these substances are able to bind permanently or temporarily to the ion, limiting its impact on the industrial process.
An example of complexing agents are anti-scalants, which prevent scale build-up in installations. They bind the ions that form a sediment, preventing their precipitation in solid form. As a result, the installation is protected against failure, which allows the technological process to be carried out without stoppages.
Complexing agents are used in household chemicals, construction, mining, agriculture, paper, textile and chemical industries.
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