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.

Access to the full online version of INFORM magazine is only available to AOCS members. For a limited time, non-members can access a free digital version of the magazine here

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September 2023

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INFORM magazine September 2023 cover

A greener future begins with collaboration and data
Companies and government agencies are building computational platforms to catalog, evaluate, and predict the toxicity of chemicals. Based on decades of data collected on the toxicity and biodegradability of chemical compounds, these platforms are pointing us toward a greener future.

Is the detergent industry ready for biosurfactants?
George A. Smith, recently minted AOCS Fellow and research associate at Sasol Chemicals North America, Lake Charles, LA, USA, writes about how the surfactants market has evolved over 60 years and how biosurfactants are breaking into the market.

Selecting new hydrotrope dance partners for your next-generation cleaning formula
Hydrotropes are essential for preventing cleaning product ingredient separation, but should formulators expect more? This article describes a series of experiments to determine which hydrotrope categories could impart beneficial synergistic detergency and enhance the overall cleaning efficacy.

Food allergies? Micelles to the rescue
For the seemingly endless number of people who suffer from food allergies, relief could be in sight. Researchers have developed a peanut allergy treatment in the form of a gut bacteria tucked into micelles made from synthetic polymers. Read about how effective they were at treating peanut allergies in mouse models.

Using soap to remove micropollutants from water
Micropollutants persist in our water supply despite clearing waste water treatment facilities. Bisphenol A, pesticides, and undigested pharmaceuticals are a few examples of the toxic micropollutants that cannot be filtered properly. However, a group of researchers may have found a solution by incorporating surfactants into hydrogels.


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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