Congratulations to Karine De Oliveira Vigier for winning the ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award.
The ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award of the AOCS Industrial Oil Products Division recognizes outstanding achievement for research in new applications for glycerine with emphasis on commercial viability. This award is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).
This spotlight will help you get to know Dr. De Oliveira Vigier, including an overview of her current research and how AOCS has helped develop her career.
Can you tell us about current research?
My actual research focuses on carbohydrate chemistry ( which includes everything from the conversion of cellulose, glucose, xylose to platform molecules such as furan derivatives) and the valorization of vegetable oils and glycerol. I pay particular attention to the catalysis and the development of new reaction media for the conversion of biomass in order to control the selectivity and to produce fine chemicals (surfactants, monomers...).
What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?
It was an honor and I was very happy to win this award.