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May 6, 2003 10:02 AM

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Surfactant Research Receives SDA Award at ACOS Meeting

KANSAS CITY, MO -- May 6, 2003 - The authors of a research paper examining the precipitation of surfactant crystals are the recipients of the 2003 Soap and Detergent Association Award, honoring the best technical paper published in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents in 2002.

The award is sponsored by SDA and the Surfactants & Detergents Division of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), and was presented during AOCS' 94th Annual Meeting and Expo in Kansas City. The Journal is a publication of AOCS Press.

The winning paper, "Kinetics of Precipitation of Surfactants. III. Atomic Force Microscopy of Precipitate Crystals" was published in the Journal's July 2002 issue. The Award recipients received a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium paid by SDA.

This year's recipients are: Cheryl H. Rodriguez, a scientist in Product Development for The Clorox Company; Wei-Li Yuan, a member of the faculty of chemical engineering at Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan; John F. Scamehorn, Asahi Glass Chair in Chemical Engineering, and Director, Institute for Applied Surfactant Research, University of Oklahoma; and Edgar A. O'Rear, professor of chemical engineering and Director of the Bioengineering Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Richard Sedlak, SDA Vice President, Technical and International Affairs, presented the plaque and honoraria to the researchers during a luncheon at the AOCS meeting.

"This award represents SDA's continued commitment to progressive, science-based research and knowledge," said Sedlak, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. "SDA is proud to work with AOCS in honoring and encouraging outstanding research that advances our industry's scientific and technical knowledge."