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Novel Process Facilitates Creation Of “Natural” Personal Care Products In The Lab

June 23, 2010: 12:32 PM EST
Chemists have known for years how to synthesize valuable scent compounds, such as that of a rose, in the lab so that perfumes could be manufactured in large quantities. The problem is, these chemically-derived compounds can’t be labeled as “natural.” Now a U.S. chemical engineer has developed a way to use enzymes to efficiently catalyze chemical reactions to create things like scents for perfumes, or to avoid the introduction of inactive ingredients in drugs. The chemical structure, technically a lyophilizate of an enzyme and fumed silica, can be used to make all-natural personal care products and purer pharmaceuticals in the laboratory. The researcher says he has patented the process and has received interest from several companies.
Peter Pfromm, et al., "K-State chemical engineer patents enzymatic preparation to make natural ingredients in the lab", News release, Kansas State University, June 23, 2010, © Kansas State University
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