INFORM magazine and INFORM SmartBrief contain articles on the latest scientific advancements, business developments, and critical issues affecting oils, fats, and related materials.

INFORM magazine

Published 10 times a year, INFORM magazine provides comprehensive reviews and original articles on such topics as:

  • new analytical methods and technologies
  • processing technologies that improve efficiency and sustainability
  • health and nutrition
  • formulation science
  • critical business issues
  • and many other topics

Each issue includes patent abstracts compiled by a registered US patent agent, journal references assembled by a team of experts in a variety of areas, and coverage of regulatory issues from around the globe.

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March 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic, one year later
What will normal look like after all we have experienced this past year? Based on current trends, business experts expect several COVID-prompted changes to continue long after the epidemic.

Enzymatic-catalyzed esterification of free fatty acids to methyl esters
Researchers describe two complete, economically viable, and sustainable processes for converting residual FFA in crude biodiesel that can significantly reduce waste generation and the need for caustic washing.

Alternative base oils: a perspective
Learn how using alternative base oils in engine oils can improve fuel economy and performance.

Oleofoams: toward new food products and soft materials
The recipient of the 2021 AOCS Young Scientist Research Award shares a brief overview of the formulation rules and stabilization mechanisms of these promising oil-based foams.

Physicochemical and thermal behavior of tucumã oil and butter
The physicochemical characteristics and potential applications of the lipid fractions from the pulp and kernel of this Amazonian tree are reviewed.

INFORM Smartbrief

INFORM SmartBrief is a companion product, published weekly to keep you up to date on developing regulations, research, technology, and more. This e-newsletter is aggregated by an INFORM magazine staff writer, who sorts through the barrage of oils- and fats-related notifications to bring you only the most relevant news.

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