August 1, 2022

This week in the lab, Alex Shand has been working on a soy-based corrosion inhibitor. Corrosion inhibitors are used to reduce, slow down, or prevent corrosion of metal substrates. Corrosion is a naturally occurring process of converting a refined metal into a more chemically stable oxide compound. Corrosion inhibitors are able to slow/prevent this process by forming a protective oxide film on the surface of the metal. Using a chemically modified derivative of soybean oil,… Read More

July 26, 2022

This week in the lab, Airable is working to develop a more environmentally friendly patio surface cleaner. Patio cleaning agents are widely used chemicals (with a U.S. market size of $8.4 billion) that are used to cleanse outdoor stone or concrete of built-up dirt, grime, algae, and mildew. These products come in all shapes and colors, ranging from alkaline and acidic cleaners to bacterial/enzymatic cleaners. Many commercial patio cleaners, however, contain harsh chemicals such as… Read More

July 18, 2022

This week in the lab, Airable received an ultrasonic homogenizer from U.S Solid. Ultrasonic homogenizers, or sonicators, are instruments used to dissolve solutes into solvents. Sonicators apply sound energy to agitate particles in a sample. The tool can mix solutions, dissolve solids into liquids, and remove dissolved gas from liquids. The vibration helps speed chemical reactions and break intermolecular bonds, dissolving particles. Sonication can also boost the disruption of oil droplets, creating stable emulsions and… Read More

July 12, 2022

By Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director The sticker shock Americans are increasingly experiencing is not limited to grocery stores or gas stations. Inflation is also intruding on the cost of constructing roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the cost of highway and road construction materials has increased overall by 21 percent over the past year. A $1 million bridge replacement last year will… Read More

July 11, 2022

By Brandelyn Twellman What started as 300 samples o f soybean oil collected from origins around the world has improved the buying experience for crushers and refiners across the globe. Gone are the days of determining value by price and protein alone. The U.S. Soybean Export Council’s Soybean Oil Value Calculator, funded by U.S. soybean farmers and their checkoff, is an innovative tool which enables customers to make decisions based on the nutrient value of… Read More