- French Researcher Honored with Glycerine Innovation Award
- Honor from ACI, NBB Recognizes Research for New Uses of Glycerine
Research focused on carbohydrate chemistry and maintaining the value of vegetable oils and glycerol is being honored with the 2021 Glycerine Innovation Award.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Karine De Oliveira Vigier, full Professor at the University of Poitiers (France). The yearly honor is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) and National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and is presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS).
The ACI and NBB Glycerine Innovation Award recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new applications for glycerine, with particular emphasis on commercial viability.
“My current research focuses on carbohydrate chemistry, which includes everything from the conversion of cellulose, glucose, xylose to platform molecules such as furan derivatives, and the valorization of vegetable oils and glycerol,” said Prof. Dr. De Oliveira Vigier. “I pay particular attention to the catalysis and the development of new reaction media for the conversion of biomass in order to control the selectivity and to produce fine chemicals, such as surfactants and monomers.”
Prof. Dr. De Oliveira Vigier’s scientific work has been published in almost 75 original international publications and review articles, 5 chapters and 12 patents.
The Glycerine Innovation Award includes a certificate and a $5,000 honorarium. The award was presented at Promising Use of Glycerol as a Reagent and a Solvent during the New Uses of Glycerine session, May 6, 2021 as part of the AOCS 2021 Annual Meeting, which was held virtually.
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