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May 3, 2018 07:50 AM

AOCS 2018: ACI Shares Insights, Honors Research on
Low Temperature Laundering

The American Cleaning Institute will summarize the science related to laundering in low wash temperatures, highlight ACI’s STEM education activities, recognize research exploring new ways to improve cleaning at lower temperatures, and cosponsor a major networking event at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6-9 in Minneapolis.

The event features more than 650 technical presentations, including many in the surfactants and detergents arena. ACI’s 2018 activities at the Minneapolis Convention Center include:

May 7
Surfactants & Detergents Division Networking Reception (Room M101C)
Presentation: How the "Science of Soap" Inspires Future Generations of Scientists

ACI returns as a cosponsor of a major networking event for detergent and cleaning product industry researchers. The reception will feature a brief presentation by Darci Ferrer, ACI Senior Manager, Environmental Sciences, who will review ACI’s multi-year effort to engage and educate young students in the science behind cleaning products through interactive activities at science festivals and new online tools.

May 8
Session on New Technologies for Cold Water Laundry Detergency (Room 200C)
ACI presentation: Microbes in your laundry: does washing on "cold" make a difference?

Darci Ferrer, ACI Senior Manager, Environmental Sciences, will explore whether there is a difference in microbial reduction from washing on "hot" compared to washing on "cold" based on wash water temperatures representative of the United States.

Surfactants & Detergents Division Luncheon (Room M101C)
ACI will present its annual Best Paper Award for the top research article that appeared in 2017 in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents. This year’s honor recognizes research that explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve their cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures.

The research paper, "Optimized microemulsion systems for detergency of vegetable oils at low surfactant concentration and bath temperature," appeared in the July 2017 edition of the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents [Attaphong, C. and D.A. Sabatini, J. Surfact. Deterg. 20: 805. 2017,

ACI will spotlight various activities at the AOCS Meeting via its Twitter feed @CleanInstitute. You can also view highlights via the hashtag #AOCS2018.