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Researchers Invent New Soap Molecule

November 29, 2016 << Back to News

Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, have invented a new soap molecule made from renewable resources.

The molecule could possibly produce soaps manufactured from soybeans, coconut, and corn, potentially helping to reduce the frequency of harmful chemicals and other particles from entering water supplies, according to European Cleaning Journal.

The new soaps “combine biodegradable ingredients to form a molecule known as oleo-furan-surfactant (OFS),” the article says; the molecule was found to work well in cold water, which tends to render conventional petroleum-based soaps unusable.

The findings regarding OFS soaps were published in American Chemical Society's Central Science.