Washington -- Three researchers from Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas have been given the 2009 Glycerine Innovation Award, sponsored by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA - www.cleaning101.com) and the National Biodiesel Board.
PSU researchers Zoran Petrovic, Ivan Javni and Mihail Ionescu were honoured for research that developed a new family of glycerine-based polyols suitable for use in rigid polyurethane foams.
These foams are used in thermal insulation (refrigeration industry and construction), packaging, transport, adhesives, sealants, and coatings. Total volume of polyols for these applications is measured in millions of tonnes, said a statement from PSU.
The award recognises outstanding research into new applications for glycerine, "with particular emphasis on commercial viability," the statement added.
The recipients were given commemorative plaques and a $5000 honorarium at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society in Orlando, Florida.