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Surfactants and Detergents Division Newsletter
November 2013Surfactants and Detergents Division


Call for Papers

The program for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will feature key note speakers, volunteer oral presentations, and volunteer poster presentations.

Oral Presentations

We invite you to submit your paper for the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Take advantage of this opportunity to present your work to an engaged audience of your peers while advancing your career. Session chairs are beginning abstract review and selection, but it’s not too late for you to submit. Although a preliminary abstract was due in October, the submission site remains open for new submissions. Authors who wish to submit an abstract to the S&D Division should select Surfactants & Detergents as their Primary Topic Area. If you have any questions or comments regarding the new system, please contact Donna Elbon or visit the website.

2013 S&D Poster Viewing

Poster Session
Recognition. How are we going to continue recognizing our individual contributors without blowing the salary budget? You heard it loud and clear from above, “No way, no how, we can move that money to the salary budget.” How are you going to reward and motivate the rising stars of tomorrow?

How about a technology packed trip to San Antonio, Texas? Reward them with a chance to rub elbows with the top surfactant and detergent scientists in the United States and the opportunity to learn new applications and get reinforcement of the basics. All you need to do is have them meet you halfway with a submitted poster for the Surfactant & Detergent Poster Session. They get recognition, you get added employee education AND enthusiasm.

Abstract submissions are due by February 3, 2014. Send your rising star to San Antonio with their finished poster on Sunday, May 4 and reap the rewards.

Technical Program Update for the 105th Annual Meeting & Expo

We have received some great abstracts that are currently being reviewed for the technical program for the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.  A quick review indicates that our attending members will have some fantastic opportunities to learn about new developments in various aspects of our field as well as new application methods for older technology.  In our quest to always make this segment of the meeting the best that it can possibly be, I’ll let you in on a secret—although the deadline for submission of abstracts has passed, you can still submit for a few more weeks if you suddenly realize you have something that you really want to share.  Submit now.

We are crystallizing the final outline of the technical program and the titles are changing to reflect the influence of the chairs and what they are asking of their presenters.  A few more of the session titles may change on the list before it is all said and done, but the current sections are shown below.

One final interesting note is that we are collaborating with our colleagues from the east, the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society (JOCS).  A number of our sessions are presenting papers from both of our organizations and those are indicated below; confirmed joint sessions are noted and and more will likely be added.  The “flagship” joint session will be General Surfactants, co-chaired by the two gentlemen who are instrumental in the S&D Division’s collaboration, Masaki Tsumadori and Sam Adamy.  We are very grateful to the two of them for their work on this.

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:  Chemically Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • 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 and Processes
  • Practical Use of HLD and HLD-NAC:  How to Obtain Basic Parameters and Use Them to Guide Formulations and Performance
  • Formulation Interactions with Macro-Molecules:  Pros and Pitfalls
  • Emulsions, Suspensions and Foams (with EAT)
  • *General Surfactants

(*Joint Session with JOCS)

Awards and Travel Grants

The Division recognizes scientific excellence via a variety of awards and grants.

The October 15 application deadline for the Division’s Student Award has been extended for students who submit an application for oral presentation or poster within an S&D Session at the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. To be considered for the Student Award, students must submit their abstracts by January 15, 2014 and provide an extended abstract (up to 3 pages) along with a letter of recommendation from their professor by February 1, 2014. Students will receive additional information about the application process after submitting their abstract.

The deadlines for the S&D Division Distinguished Service Award and the Junior Faculty Travel Grant are also approaching.

The S&D Division Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding, commendable service to the surfactants, detergents and soaps industry. Nominations are currently being accepted; the deadline is January 1, 2014. Nominations may be made by sending the nominee’s name and a paragraph describing the reason(s) for the nomination to

The Junior Faculty Travel Grant program was established to encourage junior level faculty, along with their students, to become active in the Division and the Society. The funds are intended to help pay travel and meeting registration expenses to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.  Completed applications should be sent to Prof. Edgar Acosta, email:

2013 S&D Travel Grant 2013 ACI Presentation 2013 S&D Rosen Award

Montreux 2014 Promises Stellar Line up for Attendees

Next year's World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, to be held October 6-9 in Montreux, Switzerland, is a must-attend event. Five leading industry CEOs and numerous top-level executives from some of the world's most innovative companies will discuss Creating Value in the New Reality. Attendees will gain new perspectives and solutions to challenging issues from companies such as Henkel, DuPont, Kao, BASF, Lion, P&G, Facebook, Coca-Cola, and more. Read more about the program on the Montreux website.

New in 2014 will be the Technology Showcase, featuring 50 electronic presentations of the latest research from innovative leaders worldwide:

  • Selected outstanding research will be showcased through web-based video presentations, allowing access before, during, and after the conference.
  • Designated area at the conference will host viewing kiosks and interactive sessions with the authors during program breaks.
  • Presenters receive special reduced registration rates.

Have research to share? Submit your abstract to get your research noticed! (Submission opens in December)

Also debuting is the Industry Innovations Incubator, showcasing start-up companies with cutting-edge ideas and products:

  • Video showcase of web-based presentations allowing registrants access before, during, and after the conference; with viewing kiosks at the conference
  • Poster displays in the Incubator area
  • “Meet the Innovator” sessions during designated breaks

Don’t miss this opportunity to present your ground-breaking ideas! Visit the website for application details.

As in previous years, the conference will also include an Exhibition and numerous networking opportunitiesMore details about the events and information on how to exhibit can be found online.

The AOCS World Conferences in Montreux have been taking place since 1976 - providing opportunities to meet, interact, and foster relationships among the best in the industry, and 2014 proves to be one of the most exciting gatherings to date!

Hope to see you in Montreux!
Registration opens January 2014.

New Benefit for AOCS Members

AOCS has partnered with Chemical Watch (CW) so AOCS members can keep abreast of global regulatory news and meet responsibilities under chemicals legislation worldwide.

CW – a news and intelligence service based in Great Britain – will provide several free articles and briefings per month on the AOCS members-only portion of the website. The company is also offering AOCS members 20% off the annual subscription fee for the full news service. (Valid for first year of subscription; new subscribers only.)

Simply log in to your membership account to access the reports. 

Access Inform magazine on your mobile device with our mobile apps! Available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, and Kindle.

The app is free for everyone to download. Access to the issues is free for AOCS Members by using their AOCS login credentials, and $2.99 per issue otherwise. Special topic collections are also available, and will be on sale for a limited time for $4.99. Subjects include biofuels, food science and applications, omega-3 fatty acids, processing advances, and olive oil. More information on how to download the apps is available on the AOCS website.

Inform focuses on surfactants in November–December

Be sure to check out the November–December issue of Inform. This special all-features edition has no fewer than four articles related to surfactants and detergents. The articles include:

  • A look at the similarities and differences between the detergency processes involved in chemically enhanced oil recovery and household laundering. If you were at the 2013 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, you will recognize this as an article based on Kirk H. Raney’s presentation as this year’s recipient of the Samuel Rosen Memorial Award. Raney is a senior staff research engineer with Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.
  • A discussion by a group of researchers at Oklahoma University in Norman (and the operations manager at Chemical Flooding Technologies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) on chemically enhanced oil recovery. The group describes some of the specialized surfactant-only formulations that are being developed to address the challenges of highly saline and tight reservoirs.
  • An article on the use of carboxylate surfactants to enhance deinking in flotation processing during paper recycling. Author Brian Grady, who is also at Oklahoma University, summarizes work done there on a model system developed to probe the postulated mechanism.
  • An overview of seven new biobased surfactant technologies provided by their developers, complete with contact information for follow up. By the way, if you are not an AOCS member, you will find this article offered free of charge on the AOCS website.

AOCS members can read the articles online either by logging in or by downloading the free Inform app. Which reminds us of another perk of membership coming in January 2014: Members who access the digital and mobile editions of Inform will find—available only in the online supplement—an article on speeding up the determination of green surfactant alternatives for replacing conventional surfactants in cosmetic and personal care formulations.

Upcoming Events

AOCS and Affiliated Meetings

Other Events of interest (non-AOCS sponsored events)

  • 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
  • The 4th International Colloids Conference-Surface Design & Engineering, will be held in Madrid, Spain, June 15-18, 2014. The speakers will be world-leading scientists, covering topics in “Colloids” and “Materials or Surface Design and Surface Architecture Engineering.” Conferece topics will include Nanostructured Architectures, Smart Particles/Surface, Printed and flexible Electronics, Renewable Particles/Surface Materials, Food Packaging, Particle/Surface Coating, Particle/Surface Design for Advanced Materials and Sensors, and Modeling in Particle/Surface Design and Engineering. The deadline for abstract submission is February 7, 2014. Details of the meeting can be found at