Granular N-alkyl ammonium acetontrile compositions
Reference Number: N 03-02A
Inventors: Casella, Victor M.; Brockel, Ulrich; Choy, Clement K.; Deline, James E.; Foland, Lafayette D.; Huestis, Susan P.; Klotter, Kevin A.; Perkins, Sarah A.; Peterson, David; Petrin, Michael J.; Phillippi, Martin J.; Sibert, William P.; Schonherr, Michael; Seel
In one aspect of the present invention, nitrites are provided in substantially solid
form having the structure of Formula I ##STR3## wherein A is a saturated ring formed
by five atoms in addition to the N.sub.1 atom, the five saturated ring atoms being
four carbon atoms and a heteroatom, the substituent R.sub.1 bound to the N.sub.1 atom
of the Formula I structure including either (a) a C.sub.1-24 alkyl or alkoxylated
alkyl where the alkoxy is C.sub.2-4, (b) a C.sub.4-24 cycloalkyl, (c) a C.sub.7-24
alkaryl, (d) a repeating or nonrepeating alkoxy or alkoxylated alcohol, where the
alkoxy unit is C.sub.2-4, or (e) --CR.sub.2 R.sub.3 C.tbd.N where R.sub.2 and R.sub.3
are each H, a C.sub.1-24 alkyl, cycloalkyl, or alkaryl, or a repeating or nonrepeating
alkoxyl or alkoxylated alcohol where the alkoxy unit is C.sub.2-4.
The Formula I compounds have a quaternary nitrogen atom (N.sub.1), requiring the presence of at least one counterion (Y) to be associated therewith, which is illustrated in Formula I as "Y.sup..crclbar.," but as understood can be monovalent, or multivalent. Y includes counterions, or organic and inorganic anions, such as chloride, bromide, nitrate, alkyl sulfate, bisulfate, sulfate, tosylate, and mesylate. Especially preferred are methyl sulfate, sulfate, bisulfate, tosylate, and mixtures thereof. Z will be in the range of 0 to 10. These compounds, or salts, are particularly well suited to granule bleaching and cleaning compositions.
The nitriles with the Formula I structure are particularly useful when formulated as compositions that include a source of active oxygen, and these compositions provide excellent bleaching in alkaline solutions.
Preferred embodiments include lower alkyls substituted at the N.sub.1, e.g. N-methyl morpholinium acetonitrile, N-ethyl morpholinium acetonitrile, N-butyl morpholinium acetonitrile, which are illustrated by Formula II (with "n" preferably being 0 to 24 and where "Y" is one of the above described counterions). ##STR4##
A particularly preferred embodiment is an N-methyl morpholinium acetonitrile salt where "n" of Formula II is 0. Preferred embodiments are in granule form such that the nitrites are stabilized and protected even when formulated or admixed with other components.
Compositions including these nitrites are useful, for example, in laundry products, such as bleaching additives, detergents, detergent boosters, detergents with bleach, bleaches, bleaching aids, stain removers, and spot treatment products such as stain removers, prewash and presoak laundry aids. Among the advantages derived from such compositions are improved cleaning, stain removal, spot removal, whitening, and brightening of treated articles.