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AOCS Paper May 6, 2015

Session: S&D 4.1: General Surfactants and Detergents

Location: Rosen Shingle Creek, Room Gatlin E-4

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  10:20 – 10:40 AM

Amic Acids as Leave-behind Surface Treatments: Substantive Materials Compatible with a Wide Range of Formulations Enhance Soil Release

  1. Hudson1, J. Glover1, R. Klare1, and J. Steffens1

1Surface Chemists of Florida, USA.

Surfaces modified with polymeric or monomeric amic acids that comprise one or more tertiary amine functional groups are shown to be hydrophilic, resulting in enhanced oily soil repellency.  Using contact angle and bespoke soil release test methods, we demonstrate that the proposed amic acid candidates are effective at promoting oily soil release and are also substantive, water soluble, stable over a wide pH range, and compatible with ionic and nonionic surfactants.  Additionally, corrosion inhibition effects are demonstrated.  These characteristics make them attractive as additives for cleaning formulations. Due to their favorable economics and ease of production, these chemistries should prove useful in a number of formulations for both consumer and I&I formulations.


Keywords: amic acid, polymer, formulation, soil release, corrosion inhibition


SCF Acquires Hirox Digital Microscope

SCF is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of a fully-digital Hirox KH-3000 microscope.  It boasts two high magnification lenses (up to 7000x), one of which features automatic z-axis step control which can produce images with essay homework help a depth of field much greater than what can be had with a conventional microscope.  This tool will be useful in many aspects of our work, including evaluating polymeric controlled release coatings and quantifying particle dispersion efficiency.

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SCF Presentation at May, 2014 AOCS Meeting

SCF presented a paper entitled “Soy Flour Derivatives in Laundry Applications”.  Please click on the link below to view the presentation.  Should you require additional information or would like us to work with you on incorporating this technology into your formulations, please contact us using the Contact Page or call 561-745-8774 x100 for Customer Service.  Thank you for your time.

Soy Flour Derivatives in Laundry Applications

SCF attends 2014 International Roof Coating Conference

SCF’s Vic Granquist attended the recent International Roof Coating Conference (IRCC) in Baltimore; organized by the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), of which SCF is a member.

This conference is focused specifically on elastomeric roof coatings to improve roofing performance in terms of reflectance, leak-proofing, longevity and environmental aspects.  This year’s conference was created in partnership with the following organizations:

§  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

§  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

§  National Research Council Canada (NRC)

§  Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)

§  Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)

§  Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)

§  European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)

§  American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

§  Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

Membership in RCMA and attendance at these conferences allows SCF to keep up to date with not only roof coatings, but related elastomeric coating technologies. Issues of current interest include solvent replacement to reduce VOC’s that may contribute to global warming, or may damage the ozone layer.  Alternative solvents is an item of keen interest to SCF due to its central role in many industrial technologies.  SCF is up to date on new, environmentally-safe “green” solvents and applications in coatings.  We have done a considerable amount of testing recently to ensure that our products will perform well in alternative solvent systems and to study new solvent technology for our customers.  Recent contract research work has focused in part on this subject and we have learned more each month about alternative solvent applications in roof coatings, cleaners and other industrial technologies.


A link to the RCMA site, where you can access the presentations given at the IRCC, is given here:

SCF to participate in the CSPA Mid-Year Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 6-8, 2014.

The theme of this year’s CSPA Mid-Year Meeting is “Formulating Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.”

It promises to be a packed program including additional education on CSPA’s Product Care stewardship program, in depth coverage of all the legal and regulatory affairs affecting our industries, an InnoVention program on “Thought Leaders on Sustainability” a general session luncheon and program speaker, Trish Wheaton, and a summit on Emerging Retail Initiatives.  Joint divisional programs will address the meeting theme and there are many networking opportunities throughout the meeting instantcashtime.

SCF to Exhibit and Present Paper at AOCS Meeting, San Antonio, TX, May 4-7,2014

Surface Chemists of Florida to Exhibit and Present Paper at 105th AOCS Meeting

Soy Flour Derivatives in Laundry Applications

A Hudson, J Glover*, J Steffens, R Klare; Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc,
Jupiter, FL USA

Defatted soy flour is a co-product in the processing of soybeans to obtain the more
economically valuable oil. It contains a high level of globular proteins which
have value in food and nonfood applications, but for most of these applications
must be separated from undesirable components by known processing methods

We will present methods to prepare soy flour derivatives that have efficacy in
laundry products as soil anti-redeposition agents, dye transfer inhibitors and
anti-soiling additives. The methods involve minimal processing steps and waste
streams. Modifications that increase both the anionic functionality and the
cationic functionality of the inherently amphoteric proteins will be presented.
Solubilizing with surfactants compatible with laundry products is shown to
improve the solubility and efficacy in laundry products and facilitate
separation from insoluble materials in the soy flour. New methods for analyzing
surface properties will be presented and the properties will be related to
their function in laundry detergents.


Jaeton Glover received his PhD in 2011 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where his research interests included graphene and its derivatives, polymer nanocomposite characterization, and the surface activities of functional polymers.  He has been with Surface Chemists of Florida since 2012, and
currently holds the position of Research Manager.


17th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute
17th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

“Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering in the 21st Century.”

Surface Chemists of Florida representatives recently attended the ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s 17th annual conference in Bethesda, MD.  It was entitled Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering in the 21st Century, and offered an in-depth and highly educational program on topics such as green chemistry feed-stocks, safer chemicals design, green chemistry education, regulatory guidelines, and the business of green chemistry.  In addition to very informative technical and poster sessions, the keynote speakers provided knowledgeable and fascinating insights into their experiences in green chemistry, as well as their thoughts on the future of green chemistry for both consumer and industrial marketplaces

The special hybrid session entitled “Global Supplies for Chemical Feedstocks in the 21st Century” featured a spirited new apps panel discussion on the raw material aspects of green chemistry.  Some of the key takeaways from the session were that not only will the chemical industry have to produce more raw materials from fewer natural resources, but that the value added by green chemistry must be tangible to newly educated consumers and industry using these new resources.

Staying true to our mission statement, SCF attended a wide variety of technical sessions in order to provide innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to challenges faced by our clients.  Some of the technical sessions included

  • Strategies for achieving sustainable chemistry and engineering
  • Reducing environmental impacts of drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and production by the use of greener chemistry
  • Bio-based chemicals and materials: growing the supply chain
  • “Greening” formulated consumer products: a supply chain perspective.

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