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Surfactants and Detergents Division Newsletter
April 2014Surfactants and Detergents Division


Message from Chair

It has been a great honor to serve the Surfactants and Detergents Division for the last six years, and I thank my lucky stars for being part of great teams. I want to thank in particular my team of the last two years: Rick, Sam, Napaporn, Carolina, Erika, Mike and Troy.  Rick and his dedicated group of session chairs and co-chairs have made possible the evolution of the technical program into one with broader, up-to-date scope. Sam kept us afloat financially in the transition to the new AOCS budget model. Napaporn maintained the newsletter as a primary source of information on what is happening with the Division and in the S&D world. Carolina helped us revive our short-course program. Erika got us through a transition period in our awards program, keeping them relevant and highly competitive. Mike, and more recently Troy, helped us strengthen our engagement with our industrial partners through our networking reception event.  My thanks also to our AOCS staff team: Elizabeth, Donna, Barb, Tiffany, and Jeff. They have been there for us, saving our skin at every corner… deadlines, AOCS policies, etc. I also want to thank my advisors in my tenure as Chair: Steve Bolkan, David Sabatini, and John Scamehorn.

My congratulations to Rick (elected Division Chair), Sam (elected Division Vice-Chair), and Brian (Secretary-Treasurer) for being elected as our new steering committee.  We are in good hands, and I encourage our community to continue giving your support and input to the team. One way you can give your support is coming to our division roundtable: Tuesday May 6, 5-6 pm. At the roundtable you can give your input on the program for the upcoming year, and give the leadership team ideas on new initiatives… and volunteer to undertake them. If you want to organize a session, we want to hear about it. Remember it is your input that keeps the program, and the division, relevant.

Over the last few years the S&D Division expanded the range of surfactant applications represented in the technical program.  AOCS has fostered collaboration among divisions, and through this initiative we developed ties with the Biotechnology, Edible Applications Technology, and Analytical Divisions. Our co-sponsored sessions have brought together people from different backgrounds to explore common problems. Internationally, we continued our collaboration with the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society. We will meet our Japanese colleagues at the San Antonio meeting, as a part of the Joint World Congress. Thanks to Sam Adamy and Masaki Tsumadori for coordinating the S&D portion of the joint meeting. I believe we should continue to pursue other international collaborations, and continue efforts recruiting industrial and academic members. We have a lot to offer: we are the only organization in North America dedicated to applied surfactant science; we are big enough to provide ample networking opportunities, but small enough to maintain the feeling of being a community; for students this is the best exposure to potential employers; for academics this is the place to discuss novel ideas and technologies and their potential applications; for industry, we have students and Professors that have knowledge and passion for applied surfactant research;  and thanks to Professor Salager and his team, our journal has become the place to publish applied surfactant research worldwide.  

Remember… not everything is work at the meeting. Please join us for the Division Networking Reception on Monday evening to enjoy good conversation, drinks and finger food courtesy of our sponsors.  Please remember to join us for our Division luncheon on Tuesday. It is a special luncheon because it will be the official transition to the new leadership team. We will have our regular award program – congratulations to all our Award Winners – and the 2014 Rosen Award Winner, Christopher Tucker, will talk to us about his journey through surfactant science.  

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio in a few weeks.    

Best regards,



S&D Division Technical Program Update

First off, thanks to Shell Chemicals for their sponsorship of a portion of our technical program.  We appreciate their support in learning more about how surfactants are playing a role in meeting our energy needs.

It appears that we have the technical program for our Annual Meeting finalized.  We have received some great abstracts and our attending members will have some great opportunities to learn about new developments in various aspects of our field as well as new application methods for older technology.  Details of the program may be found on the Annual Meeting website, specifically at:

As mentioned before, 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.  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)
  • Impact of Surface Modification in Household and Hard Surface Cleaning Applications (Substrate modification, Particle suspension, and much more)
  • *Surfactants in Healthcare (Drug delivery, encapsulation technology)
  • Formulating with Surfactants:  Chemical Analysis and High Throughput Experimentation
  • 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
  • *Suspensions, Emulsions, and Foams (with EAT)
  • *General Surfactants

(*Joint Session with JOCS)


Emerging Topics Symposia

May 5, 8:30-11:00 am

The Emerging Topics Symposia will feature global discussions on matters that affect the future of our industries, and expand beyond the science to address how current critical issues impact the business of fats and oils.


Eliminating trans Fats: Emerging Solutions with Healthier Oils 
Organizer: Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA

While much of the trans fat in the food supply has been removed voluntarily, the FDA is moving aggressively towards revoking the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) status for trans fats. This will trigger the near-elimination of trans and have a major impact on many processed food formulations. 


Farmed Fish as an Omega-3 Source
Organizer: Susan Raatz, PhD, RD, USDA, USA

The focus of the session will be discussion of the health implications of farmed fish consumption, the status of fish supplies and the need for enhanced farming efforts, the nutritional and clinical advantages of farmed fish intake, and the status of fish farming practices.


High Oleic Soybean Oils Emerge onto the Marketplace
Organizer: Jayma Appleby, MSLGROUP, USA

High oleic soybean oils are now available on the market, and they represent an exciting new technology for the food industry. Recent data highlights the success of the oils’ functionality and performance across a variety of applications in food manufacturing, foodservice and industrial (non-food) products. 


Regulations, Retailers, and Sustainability: How to Formulate in an Evolving Environment
Organizer: Kathleen Stanton, American Cleaning Institute, USA

This session will give an overview of the evolving landscape for providing products and goods to formulators and consumers while facing developing state and federal chemical regulations, the growing influence of big retailers on the formulations and goods that reach store shelves, and the continuing advancement of sustainability concepts throughout the supply chain.


Short Courses

Analytical Techniques:  Quality Control, Process Control, and Refinery Optimization
Saturday and Sunday, May 3–4, 2014

Overviews of various analytical methods used to assess the quality of oils and fats, process control, and refinery optimization will be presented. As well as, a review of the analytical tools to evaluate oils and fats in relation to their use and functions for commercial and nutritional purposes.


Fundamentals of Edible Oil Processing and Refining
Saturday, May 3, 2014

The chemistry of oils and fats, and every step of unit operations dealing with degumming, neutralization, bleaching, dyeing, hydrogenations, interesterification, and deodorization. 


Plant Proteins and Other Co-Products of Oil Processing: Separation Technologies and Industrial Applications
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Explore plant oil processing, separation techniques and the different co-products produced and their use in different food and non-food applications. 


S&D Award Winners

Samuel Rosen Award is given to Christopher J. Tucker, Senior Research Fellow, Formulation Science Core Research & Development, The Dow Chemical Company, USA.  He will be giving a presentation at the S&D luncheon and the title of his talk will be How to Have Fun and Profit through Surfactant Science – A Personal Journey.


ACI Distinguished Paper Award is given to Cosima Stubenrauch from the Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Stuttgart, Germany, for her paper entitled "Protocol for Studying Aqueous Foams Stabilized by Surfactant Mixtures."  [JSD (2013)16:1-12].


Surfactants & Detergent Division Student Award is  given to Jun Lu from the University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.  Jun will present his research on the Optimization of Gravity-Stable Surfactant Flooding at the 105th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo, San Antonio, TX.      


S&D Division Activities

Tuesday, May 6, 5:00-6:00 pm

Come to the Roundtable and help us evolve!

As scientists and engineers we always want to know about what is new and what is coming, which is why we all attend the technical sessions at the AOCS Annual Meeting.  Did you know that you are the best source of information regarding what those new and upcoming things are?  Come to the S&D Division Roundtable discussion at the Annual Meeting to tell us what you like and don’t like about the sessions being presented.  And if you have some ideas about new topics you think we should address, please don’t keep it to yourself.

Our mission in bringing relevant programming to our technical sessions really relies on our membership.  Without your input we simply can’t continue to evolve as a division, so please come and tell us what you think!


Networking Events
Attending AOCS Division and Section networking events are the best way to meet colleagues.  Creating and maintaining your professional network has never been easier with this wide array of networking events.    You will create and maintain a group of professional suppliers, developers, and academic researchers on your quest for knowledge and resources to further develop your career.  And you’ll meet and make some really good friends along the way!

Student Welcome Center   Sunday, May 4
  3:30-4:30 pm
Newcomer Speed Networking 
  Sunday, May 4  
  4:30-5:30 pm
Opening Mixer
  Sunday, May 4
  5:30-7:00 pm
Young Professionals Reception   Sunday, May 4
  7:00-8:00 pm
AOCS Annual Business Meeting/Luncheon   Monday, May 5   11:30-1:00 am
Sweet Retreat   Monday, May 5   1:00-1:45 pm
AOCS Career Fair (1 of 2)   Monday, May 5   1:00-2:00 pm
AOCS Career Fair (2 of 2)
  Monday, May 5   5:00-6:00 pm
Expo Networking Reception   Monday, May 5   5:00-6:30 pm
Dedicated Poster Viewing   Monday, May 5   5:30-6:30 pm


S&D Networking Event
The S&D Networking Reception will take place Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The event is made possible by the generous contributions of the following companies:  Air Products and Chemicals Inc., American Cleaning Institute, BASF Corporation, Battelle, Church & Dwight, DuPont Industrial BioSciences, and The Sun Products Corporation.  The 10-minute spotlight presentations will begin at 7:00 pm and will include:  Air Products and Chemicals Inc., American Cleaning Institute, Battelle, and DuPont.  Here is a glimpse from our presenters…

  • Access from A to Z (Acetic Acid to Zinc Carbonate): Detailing Cleaning Product Industry Transparency
    The American Cleaning Institute and its member companies are leading industry-wide efforts to make more information available than ever before on products, ingredients and sustainability. This presentation will briefly summarize ACI’s efforts to increase transparency across the supply chain.
  • Air Products has three new products to talk about at the Networking Reception this year!  Tomakleen™ G-12 additive and Tomadol® 902 surfactant are two new materials that allow formulators to take their cleaning products to the next level.    Tomakleen G-12 additive works with base surfactants to improve cleaning while reducing or eliminating the need for solvents.   Tomadol 902 surfactant is a multifunctional NPE alternative designed to provide improved performance and cost positioning over both NPE surfactants and NPE alternatives.  And, Tomadyne™ 108 Surfactant will soon to be released. This new offering will extend the already proven Tomadyne product line with outstanding cleaning performance and coupling ability in highly built systems, while ensuring good foam generation and stabilization.
  • Battelle has been active over a 20 year period in developing and licensing sustainable chemicals for many applications from natural oils.  Most recent research has focused on commodity and high oleic soybean oil however palm, palm kernel, coconut and algal oil have also been evaluated as feed stocks.   This presentation will highlight our available technologies and capabilities in this area and our some of our licensing partners.
  • DuPont delivers on the consumer trend ‘Inspiring Experiences’
    Consumer behavior and washing habits are continuously changing and therefore a key driving force for the detergent industry. The success of detergent manufacturers depends, in large measure, on their ability to provide product innovation that is meaningful to the end-consumer with claims that motivates product purchase.  By putting the consumer at the heart of DuPont’s innovation we help enable our customers to deliver on this goal.

    DuPont invested in and is committed to conducting consumer insight driven research. We believe this is critical since such knowledge leads to the ability to adapt our solutions to the ever changing consumer behavior.  One result of recent research was the identification of the ‘Inspiring Experiences’ trend as part of the main consumer macro trends currently driving the market.  Consumers want to use all of their senses, and expect many of the products and services they buy to meet this need. Products need to look good, feel good and smell good.

    Aside from a minority, most consumers regard detergents as a low interest category. But manufacturers are now adding some sex appeal: new packaging and product formats, and new ‘flavors’ (like popular ‘exotic’ fragrances) are all helping to make an essentially functional product more exciting and appealing. Manufacturers are also increasingly focusing on maximizing fabric care, with color maintenance and fabric preservation and restoration solutions growing in demand.

    To help satisfy this growing demand, DuPont is introducing the power of REVITALENZ™ to detergent manufacturers that are looking to strengthen their brands with fabric care claims.

    DuPont is leveraging her market leading position in textile processing and enzyme development, to develop data, methodologies and test material to help optimize REVITALENZ™ for detergent brands.
    Together we can inspire cleaner ideas!


S&D Luncheon
The S&D Division Luncheon will take place Tuesday, May 6, 12:30-1:55 pm. Our key note speaker will be the Rosen Award winner Christopher J. Tucker, Senior Research Fellow, Formulation Science Core Research & Development, The Dow Chemical Company, USA.  The title of his talk will be How to Have Fun and Profit through Surfactant Science – A Personal Journey.


Steering Committee Election Results
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Executive Steering Committee Members:

  • Eric (Rick) Theiner, Air Products & Chemicals Inc., USA (Chairperson)
  • Steve (Sam) Adamy, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., USA (Vice Chairperson)
  • Brian Grady, University of Oklahoma, USA (Secretary-Treasurer)


Upcoming AOCS-Sponsored Events

  • Montreux 2014 World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, to be held in Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Montreux, Switzerland, October 6-9, 2014.
  •  The 106th AOCS Annual Meeting & Industry Showcase, to be held in Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 3-6, 2015.
  • The 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, to be held in Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center , Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, May 1-4, 2016.


Inform Highlights

The April issue of Inform just went to press.  Here is an article that may be of interest to you: 

Emulsions: making oil and water mix
Get acquainted with emulsions by learning the basic science behind them, how formulators choose which emulsifier to use for a particular emulsion, and how emulsifiers are used in foods, nutraceuticals, personal and home care products, industrial lubricants, environmental technologies, biofuels, and other applications.


LPP Enrollment

AOCS Members:  Take advantage of lower cost, early enrollment in LPP.  The deadline is May 20, 2014 and the code is LPPREWARD.