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Scientists honored for greener solvents research

May 02, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Research that shows how glycerol — a syrupy and sweet-tasting chemical by-product — can be used as a sustainable solvent in industrial cleaning applications is being honored with the 2012 Glycerine Innovation Award, according to a press release.

The yearly honor is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and is presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists'' Society (AOCS), the release stated.

According to the release, the 2012 Award recipients are Professors Dorith Tavor and Adi Wolfson from the Green Processes Center at Israel''s Sami Shamoon College of Engineering.

"The sustainability of a chemical process is derived from its materials and energy consumption, reaction performance, and separation procedures," said Professor Wolfson.

"As organic chemistry is traditionally carried out in solution, and as solvents are responsible for a large part of the waste and pollution generated by chemical processes, a key factor to enabling a sustainable chemical process is solvent selection," Wolfson added.

The award includes a plaque and a $5,000 honorarium, and was presented at the AOCS Industrial Oil Products Division luncheon during the 2012 AOCS Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California, the release noted.

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