Message from our S&D Division Chair
This time of the year feels much like the start of a new year. Being in academia and being a parent of a school-aged child, the air is filled with anticipation and sometimes a little anxiety. All the best for everyone for this 2013-2014 season, and welcome back to another cycle of S&D activities. Rick Theiner, Steven Adamy and I are honored to have been trusted with steering the division for this 2013-2014 year. We have been lucky to secure the continuing support of Napaporn Komesvarakul, Erika Szekeres, and Carolina Rojas as a part of the leadership committee. In upcoming newsletters we will confirm other pending appointments to the leadership team.
This past year the S&D leadership committee continued to foster relationships with other AOCS divisions through co-sponsored sessions, reinvigorated the training program of the division (short course), developed financing strategies to help support invited speakers and new faculty attendance to the annual meeting, and the support for the networking reception. This year, in addition to continuing these efforts, we plan to take a closer look at the engagement of graduate students and early career members. More than ever, the division plays an important role in the professional development of our members, especially for those that come to the field without previous background in surfactants and detergents. We would be happy to hear your ideas on how the S&D Division could reach out and support our younger colleagues in academia and industry.
After our last roundtable in Montréal, it became clear that topics on oil & gas, industrial and environmental applications of surfactants continue to be of great interest. The upcoming AOCS San Antonio meeting will be an excellent venue to continue the discussion on these topics. Topics related to feedstock sustainability and bio-based surfactants are also of great interest, along with the integration with enzymes, polymers and solvents in detergent formulations and other surfactant-based consumer products. Guided formulation approaches (modeling, high throughput testing, and experimental design), to incorporate novel ingredients are also topics of great interest. Please think of potential topics that you or someone you know could contribute to the annual meeting. The upcoming AOCS meeting in San Antonio will be a Joint World Congress with the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society (JOCS). Dr. Masaki Tsumadori, from Kao, kindly volunteered to represent JOCS in coordinating the aspects of the meeting associated with S&D topics. Steven Adamy volunteered to help us coordinate this joint meeting.
We will be providing you with deadlines and upcoming events associated with the San Antonio meeting in upcoming newsletters. Please feel free to contact us if you come across important news, links or upcoming events that might be worth distributing through this newsletter.
S&D Division Leadership Team (2013-2014)
Chair: Edgar Acosta
Vice Chair and technical program coordinator: Rick Theiner
Secretary-Treasurer: Steven Adamy
Newsletter Editor: Napaporn Komesvarakul
Awards Committee: Erika Szekeres
Education Committee: Carolina Rojas
Technical Program and Call for Papers for the 105th Annual Meeting & Expo
It is time to start thinking about the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, May 4-7, 2014. The call for papers for the technical sessions is posted on the AOCS Annual Meeting website. Last year, we had a great turnout in terms of oral papers presented with the result being that we had to ask some presenters to convert their talks to posters so that there would be enough room!
Once again the S&D Division Roundtable at the 104th Annual Meeting focused heavily on finding out what our members were hoping to learn more about in the upcoming year. The technical program is nearly finalized and every attempt is being made to ensure that it remains technically and scientifically relevant. We continue to be surprised by how often we hear that a member’s favorite talk of the event is actually outside of his or her area, and so we continue to ensure that the topics remain broad as well. A number of our session chairs are set, but we are always on the lookout for more to fill in some of the gaps. Even if you are a newer member, don’t be shy in expressing an interest in serving in this duty; it is not particularly difficult, but very important and a great way to meet a number of our esteemed colleagues. If you are interested, please contact Rick Theiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest.
The program sections (with focus points) are:
• Industrial Applications of Surfactants (Textiles, coatings, emulsion polymerization, etc.)
• Merging Biology and Surfactants (with BIO) (Biosurfactants, enzymes, protein interactions)
• Surfactants in Energy I (Enhanced oil recovery, oil production)
• Surfactants in Energy II (Spill management, Fuel modification, Fuel and lube additives)
• Paints, Coatings, and Modified Surfaces (Substrate modification, Pigment suspension, etc.)
• Surfactants in Healthcare (Drug delivery, encapsulation technology)
• High Throughput Experimentation (Methodologies, Processes, Analysis)
• Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Difference-Net Average Curvature (Theoretical overview and application)
• Polymer-Surfactant Interactions (Rheology, Free energy effects, etc.)
• Emulsions, Suspensions and Foams (with EAT)
• General Surfactants
S&D Division Awards
The Surfactants and Detergents Division recognizes excellence by means of a variety of awards and grants.
One such award is the S&D Division Distinguished Service Award. Candidate nominations for the award are currently being accepted; the deadline for nominations is January 1, 2014.
The criteria for the award are as follows:
- Preference to AOCS members involved in the Surfactants and Detergents Division, the Society, or a related organization over a substantial amount of time;
- Significant contributor to the knowledge, technology and history of the industry;
- Demonstrated character, ethics, and a reputation that puts the individual above his/her peers; and
- Service as career and technical mentor.
Nominations may be made by sending the nominee’s name and a paragraph describing the reason(s) for the nomination to email@example.com.
The nomination deadlines for two other S&D Division awards are fast approaching. The application deadline for the Division’s Student Award is October 15; the deadline to receive materials for the Samuel Rosen Memorial Award is November 1.
- Australasian Section of AOCS Biennial Meeting: Fats & Oils – The Food vs. Fuel Dilemma, to be held at NOAH’S On the Beach Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, November 6-8, 2013
- The 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA., May 4-7, 2014
- Montreux 2014 World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, to be held in Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Montreux, Switzerland, October 6-9, 2014
Other Events of interest (non-AOCS sponsored events)
- 2013 Cleaning Products, the 2013 edition includes presentations from the cleaning products industry's leading companies including Procter & Gamble, Whirlpool, Colgate Palmolive, and many more! Over 150 members from across the supply chain and around the world will gather in Richmond, VA. The Westin Richmond will host the conference October 2-4, 2013. More information can be found at http://www.cleaningproductseurope.com/home.aspx.
- 2013 Chemical Watch Regulatory Summit, October 8-9, 2013, Brussels, Belgium. Join our panels - seventeen experts, made up of EU and member state officials, regulatory managers from industry and professional advisers - as they share unique perspectives and understanding of regulatory challenges facing industry, in a relaxed, informal environment. More information is found at http://chemicalwatch.com/Regulatory-Summit.
- A 2-day Short Course on Dispersions in Liquids : Suspensions, Emulsions, and Foams, sponsored by ACS, will be held in Houston, TX, December 1-2, 2013. The course is aimed at principles that are relevant to colloidal, foam, and dispersion problems in this course designed for scientists and engineers engaged in research and development in the chemical, petroleum, coatings, food, electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and ceramics industries. Topics covered will include surface and interfaces, surfactants, nanoparticle technology, interparticle forces and stability, laboratory techniques, emulsion technology, dispersion processing, foam technology, and polymer stabilization. More information can be found at http://colloidaldispersions.com.
- The 4th International Colloids Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain, June 15-18, 2014. This international conference will focus on Surface Design and Engineering. The speakers will be world-leading scientists, covering topics in colloids and materials for surface design and surface architecture engineering. The deadline for abstract submission is February 7, 2014. Detail of the meeting can be found at http://www.colloidsconference.com/.
The 33rd CCIA Annual Meeting
Gain knowledge of the leading technology and market trends in the surfactant and detergent industries.
Organized by China Cleaning Industry Association (CCIA), the 33rd CCIA Annual Meeting will be held November 7-9, 2013 in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province of China. As the largest event in China surfactant and detergent industries, this meeting attracts over 1,500 people from all over the world.
AOCS has organized a half-day session on Friday, November 8, focusing on emerging technology in the surfactant and detergent industries. During the session, technical experts from P&G, Unilever, Kao, Amway, Clariant, and Dupont will present their latest research.
The exhibition (CPCDE 2013) features over 160 international companies involved in raw materials, machinery and packaging. It also attracts more than 4,000 visitors every year.
To learn more or to register visit: http://www.ccia-cleaning.org/show.php?contentid=3670