Consumers' interest over the past six to seven years in environmental protection and healthier living has helped to carry the nutrition market well through the recession; raw materials suppliers in the personal care industry might take a lesson from this success to stay ahead of the tide in difficult times.
inform August 2009, Vol. 20 (8) 527 the oxidation and mineralization rate of enhancement on the mineralization of sur- pharmaceutical-quality results without the SDBS were significantly enhanced under factants is attributed to the high adsorption prescription or the high price. 185–254 nm irradiation by oxygen nano- capability of nanobubbles, because of the For chemical suppliers geared toward bubbles. Although a high concentration of small particle size offering a large surface the construction and automotive industries, surfactant was used in this study, SDBS area to facilitate the reaction.” the last 18 months have been tough as the removal is effective in the integrated nano- The study appeared in Industrial & housing, finance, and automobile markets bubbles/vacuum ultraviolet system, via Engineering Chemistry Research (48:4237– crawled to a near halt amid the worst reces- the observation of 99.8% SDBS oxida- 4244, 2009). sion in recent history. However, suppliers in tion and 76.8% total organic compound the personal care space enjoyed solid gains removal after 24 hours of irradiation,” they continue. Personal care in 2008 as personal care specialty chemi- cals have been able to maintain their spe- market remains “The current study investigates the cialty status and healthy margins, while effect of [the] size of bubble on the min- other classes of polymers, additives, and eralization rate of SDBS. Furthermore, the rates of surfactant degradation were com- promising engineered plastics, once considered spe- cialty products, have been commoditized pared with those of nonsurfactants such as (see Fig. 1). benzene sulfonate. It was found that the Anna Ibbotson Specialty products represent about mineralization of SDBS surfactants with nanobubbles was observed to be more effec- Despite the economic downturn, the per- 40% of the $10 billion-plus personal care tive than that with microbubbles (diameter sonal care industry remains an attrac- ingredients industry, with an array of per- = 75.8 μm). The comparative results show tive market for suppliers of performance formance products, including actives, that the mineralization rate of surfactants ingredients aimed at delivering the results delivery systems, film formers, sensorial was much faster than the nonsurfactants in consumers demand from hair and skin agents, rheology-control agents, and spe- the presence of nanobubbles under 185–254 products. The market is ripe for savvy sup- cialty surfactants, among others. As con- nm irradiation,” they note. pliers who can find the right niche and the sumers demand better performance at lower The researchers concluded: “Based
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