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Article Released Sun-22nd-July-2007 19:20 GMT
Contact: Dr Nayan KANWAL, FRSA, ABIM, AMIS, Ph.D. Institution: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
 Green Palm-Based Fine Organics for Industry

Universiti Putra Malaysia's researchers have produced MBSofax, an array of newly synthesized ‘fine organics’ originated from palm oil and its fractions. It is suitable for use in the cosmetics, food, drugs, pharmaceuticals and other chemical industries.

MBSofax (TM) – New Green Palm-Based Fine Organics for Industry
Mahiran Basri, Erin Ryantin Gunawan, Abu Bakar Salleh, Mohd. Basyaruddin Abd. Rahman, Raja Noor Zaliha Abd. Rahman, Siti Salhah Othman, and Azmahani Sulaiman

MBSofaxTM comprises an array of newly synthesized ‘fine organics’ originated from palm oil and its fractions. These kind of green chemicals for industry are often produced in low volumes but are highly priced with exceptional profit margins, favourably used in cosmetics, food, drugs, pharmaceuticals and other chemical industries.

This group of valuable products contain complex mixture of naturally occurring linear, long-chain, saturated and unsaturated structures to ensure accelerated adsorption into the skin with superb non-occlusive moisture control. They have been proven to be very stable with high oxidation resistancies as well as excellent shelf life. Lipsticks and moisturizing cream prepared using MBSofaxTM possesses unique property of excellent wetting behaviour at interfaces with marvelous, comfortable, non-greasy feeling during application. Interestingly, soaps made from MBSofaxTM are clean and white, melt slower, creates exceptional lather and offers enjoyable moisturizing properties.

MBSofaxTM is produced via a green synthesis using enzyme with ratio of 3:1 of alcohol: oils of palm fractions at ambient temperatures. Characterization of the products indicated a moderate unsaturation of the fine organics with iodine values in the range of 35 to 55 while saponification number, implying the average molecular weight of the products were in the range of 100 – 109 to 133 – 135. MBSofaxTM also offers great solubility in alcohol (0.38 – 0.79 g/mL) making them easily dissolved and emulsified.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Mahiran Basri - Expert contact link below
or
Dr Nayan KANWAL Email: ndeeps@admin.upm.edu.my

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