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Diversion of Crude Tall Oil (CTO) as a biofuel feedstock


Biofuel production has long been shrouded with controversy, especially over the appropriateness of its feedstock. One ongoing debate is the usage of edible crops as feedstock that has resulted in unintended consequences such as a rise in food prices. One solution proposed by many is the use of wood-based biomass as biofuel feedstock. However, this

The first surfactant introduced for an environmental cause – LABSA / LAS


Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid (LABSA), is the world’s most widely used synthetic detergent surfactant. Its salt, Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates (LAS) serves the same purpose. They were developed as a replacement for the previously widely used detergent surfactant, the highly branched Alkylbenzene Sulfonates. LABSA became the first surfactant that was introduced to improve the environment problems

Business Insights of the Dicalcium Phosphate Market


Dicalcium phosphate is another example of leavening agent and a source of calcium enrichment which is widely used in the baking industry. It is also coded as E341 in some food packagings. It is very slow to react and commonly combined with faster reacting leavening agents such as baking soda. During the baking process, it

Choosing between Real and Fake Leather


The demand for leather is always high. A wide versatility of it makes them greatly requested for different applications in life. The high demand, however, makes the leather price high and unaffordable. People then started to crave for a solution that can follow their financial power. Fortunately, with the birth of synthetic leather, this wish

A Peek Into the Ammonium Bicarbonate Market


Previously, we dealt with the sodium bicarbonate compound. For this week’s discussion, the chemical product ammonium bicarbonate will be discussed. Similar to sodium bicarbonate, ammonium carbonate also functions as a raising agent. Ammonium bicarbonate is an ammonia containing salt that decomposes at low temperatures to liberate out ammonia, water and carbon dioxide. It is also

Seeking sustainability for palm chemicals


In previous entries, we analyzed the palm chemical industry and compared palm products (i.e crude palm oil and palm kernel cake) with their respective substitutes. For this entry, we will discuss the sustainability for palm chemicals. As a versatile and low-cost raw material, the thumb-sized palm fruit has created one of the largest emerging economies.

The Market Prospect of Leather Industry


Leather has been around for a very long time and so is the profession of tanner. The evidence can be traced back from ancient literature text such as when Aristotle cites Socrates: “There are four professions to be the fundamentals of the citation of state: The architect, the weaver, the farmer and the tanner”. From

A Peek Into the Sodium Bicarbonate Market


In this week’s post, we will shift from the topic of sweeteners and explicate the role of food chemicals as leavening agents. The scope of discussion for this entry will be on sodium bicarbonate. Leavening agents are also known as raising agents. They generally refer to substances used in doughs and batters that cause a foaming

A Deeper Look inside the Leather Industry


Leather is a material from animal skin or hide that has undergone various physical and chemical processes to make it immune to microbes. The immunity is needed to prevent the microbes from consuming the skin and causing it to rot. The skin itself is subjected to bacteria attack even before the animal is flayed. Due

Increasing Demand For Chocolate Outstrips Cocoa Supply


“Money cannot buy happiness. But it can buy chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing.” -Hanako Ishii Chocolates have been a source of happiness for those who consume them because it contains serotonin. Improved serotonin content in our body improves our happiness and livens up our mood accordingly. Have you ever thought about the

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