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EPA Grant Number: SU835342
Title: ‘Greener’ Surfactants from Bio-based Waste as Efficient Alternatives to Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

Surfactants are predominantly petroleum based compounds used in millions of everyday products such as household detergents, personal care products, and industrial cleaners. The majority are either non-biodegradable or break down into toxic products. University of Massachusetts – Lowell students are synthesizing greener surfactants from fruit peels and algae and analyzing their effectiveness.

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