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Posted by Lord Gow333, Dirk Benedict's n on June 2, 2009, 1:14 am
 
From this month's Biodiesel Bulletin: www.biodiesel.org

Glycerine Innovation Award Winners Leave Competition Foaming

 Today, foams for packaging, transportation, adhesives, sealants, coatings
and thermal insulation (such as those used in refrigeration and construction
industries) are mostly made from petroleum products. But three researchers
from Pittsburg State University in Kansas have developed a new family of
glycerine-based polyols - a series of organic molecules - suitable for use
in rigid polyurethane foams.

Pittsburg researchers Zoran Petrovic, Ivan Javni and Mihail Ionescu were
honored for their research with the Glycerine Innovation Award. The Award
recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new applications for
glycerine, with particular emphasis on commercial viability. Total volume of
polyols for rigid foam applications is measured in millions of tons.

"New uses for glycerine provide sustainable, environmentally friendly
options to conventional products that they replace," said Steve Howell,
technical director for the National Biodiesel Board. "It also helps improve
the profitability of biodiesel, which will help ensure a thriving,
domestically produced source of fuel for America."

In the same way biodiesel is a sustainable replacement for diesel fuel, the
new polyols hold the potential to be a sustainable alternative to
petroleum-based foams.

The award was presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Oil
Chemists' Society in Orlando, Florida. Recipients received a commemorative
plaque and a $,000 honorarium. NBB sponsors the award along with the Soap
and Detergent Association.


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