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Next Event is the Scientific Dinner Meeting
October 14, 2014
Social hour at 4:30 pm

Innovative Processes for the Sustainable Production of Emollient Esters and Particles

Speaker:  Anna Howe from Evonik


In addition to using raw materials of natural origin, technological improvements in the processing of cosmetic raw materials allow cosmetic formulators to increase the overall sustainability of a cosmetic product without compromising on performance. Enzymatic catalyzed reactions, downstream processes such as near critical extraction, and highly concentrated cosmetic ingredients are examples of such innovative technologies. The objective of this paper is to describe these technologies and their contributions to product sustainability.  Enzymatic fatty acid esterification results in high quality products and substantial savings regarding energy consumption, effect on global warming and smog formation vs classical chemical processes.  In addition to the production step, downstream process technology can have significant impacts on eco-efficiency. As an example, the use of near critical propane extraction for the purification of crude alkyl polyglucosides (APGs) rather than classical distillation offers an innovative access to emulsifiers of outstanding purity, quality and improved sustainability. Finally, by significantly increasing the concentration of active ingredients above current market standards, the packaging, water use, shipment frequency and thereby the carbon footprint of the products can be drastically reduced and its overall eco- efficiency improved.

This talk will review these material, methods and results to illustrate the process innovations.


Cafe La Cave
2777 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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