Monday, December 28, 2015

New referenced articles in the January issue of Inform magazine

Get an early start on the January 2016 issue of Inform magazine by reading the free digital edition. This issue includes articles on a wide range of topics related to oils and fats, including organogels made with vegetable oil and plant wax, emerging deep eutectic solvents, FT-NIR analysis of lecithin, water as an ingredient in cleaning applications, and surfactants and skin. Be sure to bookmark the link to the current issue so you can easily access each issue as it goes live. Inform can also be viewed from the app which is available from Apple, Amazon, and Google Play stores by searching “AOCS Inform.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

AOCS December 2015 Newsletter

Travel Grants Available

The Industrial Oil Products Division, and Protein and Co-Products Division offer funding assistance through travel grants to attend the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo.

Please visit the respective Division webpages for guidelines on available programs.

Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship Now Open for Nominations

The Smouse Fellowship includes a $15,000 scholarship and is awarded to a graduate student doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Primary qualifications include the highest standards of academic excellence and the reasonable expectation that the recipient, upon receipt of the degree, will enter into and make significant contributions to the field consistent with the goals and interests of AOCS.

Application materials are due February 2, 2016.

Visit the website for more information on nomination requirements and how to apply.

2016 AOCS Annual Meeting—The Expo Returns!

The Expo will host 80+ international partners providing business solutions for professionals in the fats and oils industries, the AOCS Pavilion, and 200+ poster presentations. The Expo is also the meeting's hub of major networking activities including The President's Welcome Reception, Monday lunch, Tuesday reception, and daily refreshment breaks.

Interested in participating in Expo 2016 or becoming a sponsor? Contact Christina Waugh, +1 217-693-4901.

Registration for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will open in January. Register by February 26 and save up to $200!

JAOCS Article of the Month

Researchers led by Arturo Morales at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, analyzed the formation of primary and secondary oxidation products in a model system of microencapsulated oils in a dairy-like matrix similar to infant formula. "The study shows that a substantial amount of secondary oxidation products and polymerization compounds can be detected in encapsulated methyl esters, even at low levels of global oxidation," said Silvana Martini, JAOCS senior associate editor, who chose this research as the JAOCS article of the month. These results could help explain rancidity in foods with low contents of primary oxidation compounds such as hydroperoxides. This paper, "New Analytical Evidence of Discontinuous Oxidation in Dried Micorencapsulated Lipids," is available free of charge until January 16, 2016.

Foods Fortified with Omega 3s

AOCS helped The Dr. Oz Show—a syndicated television talk show in the United States—secure lab footage for an episode about dietary omega-3 fatty acids. The show analyzed non-fortified eggs, milk, and peanut butter with those fortified with omega-3s. See how they compared and what Dr. Oz had to say about whether omega-3-fortified foods belong in a healthful diet.

First 2016 book in Academic Press and AOCS Press Series Now Available

Handbook of Lipids in Human Function: Fatty Acids, edited by AOCS members Ronald R. Watson and Fabien De Meester, is now available to purchase from Elsevier. AOCS Members receive a 30% discount and free shipping by entering the code AOCS30 during check out. The 29-chapter book, with over 60 experts contributing, presents current research in people and animal models that defines the roles and research status of fatty acids in major areas of health and disease. Visit the Academic Press and AOCS Press website to learn more about this title, and other AOCS Press and Elsevier titles. Remember, the 30% discount works on all Elsevier Science and Technology titles, too, so treat yourself with new titles to read this holiday season.

Upcoming AOCS Meetings 
107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Now accepting papers, submit your abstract today!
World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Singapore 2016
October 4–7, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
The 2016 Emerald Conference
January 21–22, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Industry Event
Future of Surfactants Summit 2016
February 3–4, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Mention code SSU1D10 for 10% discount
Industry Event
18th Annual Nanotech 2016 Conference & Expo
May 22–25, 2016
Washington D.C., USA

Call for Abstracts open through January 15
Industry Event
OFIC 2016
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Call for posters is now open!

FREE from JSD: Dissolution of Soap Scum by Surfactants. Part III. Effect of Chelant Type on Equilibrium Solubility and Dissolution Rate of Calcium and Magnesium Soap Scums in Various Surfactant Systems

Research led by Sumaeth Chavadej from the Petroleum and Petrochemical College at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, constitutes this month’s free article pick from the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents Editor-in-Chief George Smith. “Removal of soap scum from around the kitchen and bathroom is a problem that has been around since soap was first discovered,” says Smith. The research shows that dimethyl dodecylamine oxide (DDAO; an amphoteric surfactant) in combination with biodegradable chelants enhances the solubility and dissolution kinetics of soap scum, without strong acids that can cause corrosion and environmental concerns in household cleaning products. The article will be available online, free of charge, until Feb. 14, 2016.

Bioproducts 2.0: Why Canada’s soybean industry is partnering with the world’s largest lab-for-hire

Most soybean growers have heard the stories about Henry Ford’s enthusiasm for soybeans.

Ford famously championed soy – along with wheat, flax and other crops – in the development of auto parts, including plastics and paints.

But those products were not without their drawbacks: automotive paint enamels and coatings, for example, offered poor durability, limited colour options, and took several days to set.

Rick Heggs, senior marketing manager with Battelle, the world's largest non-profit research and development organization, counts Ford’s early forays into bio-product development as part of an era he calls “version 1.0” – when it was still fairly routine for industry to develop agricultural products for industrial uses.

Heggs spoke about oil and fatty acid industrial products at the 25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds held in Quebec City October 5-6.

“Everything prior to 1860 was based on bioproducts,” Heggs said. “Then the age of petrochemicals began, and bioproducts lost their lustre. We started switching from natural products to synthetic products.”

According to Heggs, the petrochemical revolution brought some unexpected benefits for bio-products too: scientists developed a stronger knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry.

“Now, in bio-products ‘version 2.0’ we’re applying those tools and techniques to natural products to modify them for industrial use,” Heggs said. “Many times we are replacing the functionality of a petrochemical but we’re not providing the exact same molecule. We look for functionality rather than identical substitution.”

Heggs said today, only about two per cent of industrial chemicals are derived from renewables, with the remaining 98 per cent derived from fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas or oil.

He sees big opportunities for chemicals from renewables, predicting a fivefold increase in that market share by 2020, and as much as a 50 per cent increase by 2050.

Growing demand for high oleic soybeans

As the world’s largest lab-for-hire, Battelle has a mandate to bring business and scientific interests together for positive change. This includes working with Soy 20/20, an industry organization with a goal to encourage and expand new market opportunities for Canadian soybeans.

“New high oleic soybean varieties significantly improve performance of soybean oil and will play an important role in opening new market applications for Canadian growers,” said Rob Roe, bio-product commercialization director with Soy 20/20. “We’re seeing a lot of interest from industry in these varieties for food processing and industrial applications.”

Heggs said that with a variety of feedstocks and a good understanding of the differences in the fatty acid profiles of different oils, scientists are able to take oils as a feedstock and transition them to desired industrial products.

“There’s a tremendous variety that we now have for taking these natural oils and products and converting them into industrially useful products,” said Heggs.

No “green premium” here

Heggs said Battelle recognizes there are sensitivities around using crops that are grown for food, and the company works within the confines of the food industry’s requirements.

He said commodity soybean oil is quite different from oil produced by selected breeding, and echoed a strong interest in genetically modified (GM) soybeans and the focus on oleic oils.

“Obviously it has to be cost-competitive and it has to be available,” Heggs said. “Study after study has shown there is little to no green premium in the marketplace. So we have to be competitive both on performance and cost to be successful.”

Soy 20/20 has a long-standing relationship with Battelle, using the company’s experts to help evaluate new market opportunities. This is particularly relevant to bioproducts made with high oleic soybean oil, but also for the potential that the new high linoleic soybean variety from the University of Guelph might offer as well, says Roe.


Post Courtesy Lisa McLean for Soy 20/20

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Future of Surfactants Summit, 3rd – 4th February 2016, Berlin, Germany

ACI brings to you Future of Surfactants Summit - our debut surfactants conference. This summit “will take place in 3rd – 4th February 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Speakers and Attendees of the Conference will focus on the dynamics of the growing surfactants industry and the future growth of the business.

Key industry players will give in-depth presentations and get involved in the Panel Discussions with senior level audience covering the most important topics in the market. From growing commodity surfactants to new emerging specialities, the conference will address the entire value chain & key aspects in shaping the future.

Join us in Berlin to exchange your point of view with your peers and engage in excellent networking opportunities. Topics that we will cover include:
  • Impact of Oil Price Volatility on the Surfactant Market
  • Feedstock: Current & Future Input
  • The Bigger Picture: LCA & Sustainability
  • Consumer Insights & Product Quality
  • Market Challenges & Opportunities
  • CLP & Regulation
  • Breakthrough Trends & Developments in Household & Personal Care Applications
  • Emerging Specialties

and lots more…

ACI, benefitting from a thorough research on the topic and market, will bring together the right companies and the best professionals to share their “job story”, which will have an exceptional value for the conference attendees who will receive a unique opportunity to examine all aspects of the market in practical terms.

With an investment of £1,495 (ex. VAT) you can take advantage of becoming a part of the story and gain valuable experience and priceless expertise. As the number of attendees is strictly limited, please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

ACI’s Future of Surfactants Summit will allow you to examine and analyse successful case studies of latest projects presented by industry leaders, along with exploring the latest technology advancements.

Who Will Attend?

You will be joined by leading companies representing Cosmetic product / ingredient formulators, raw material producers & suppliers, product developers, regulatory affairs specialists,  personal care brand owners, natural cosmetic /ingredient producers, consultants, cosmetic associations, equity firms and individuals interested  in growing in the cosmetic business and many more. They will attend to this interactive conference in order to build strong relationships, maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace and discuss with key industry leaders who will share their insights and real-life working experiences with the audience.

Readers/Subscribers are entitled to a special discount on registration.  For further information or to register your attendance contact Mado Lampropoulou quoting SSU1D15.

Mado Lampropoulou
Marketing Department, ACI
T: + 44 (0) 203 141 0607

We welcome you to join our leading experts at Europe’s cutting edge “Future of Surfactants Summit”!

Please clicking on the link below to visit our event’s website:
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

AOCS members and authors make list of 100 most influential analytical scientists

Several AOCS members and authors were among the top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science to make The Analytical Scientist Power 100 List 2015. Several served as authors of the AOCS Press book, Extreme Chromatography: Faster, Hotter, Smaller, edited by William Craig Byrdwell and Michal Holcapek and published in 2011. In addition to Holcapek, other authors who made the list include:

  • Paola Duga
  • Salvatore Fanali
  • Davy Guillarme
  • Pavel Jandera
  • Luigi Mondello
  • Nobuo Tanaka
  • Jean-Luc Veuthey
View the entire list here and be sure to congratulate these authors, members, and award winners!