Researchers are building a better soap

The molecule could pop up in household products in two to three years

(KARE) – Researchers at the University of Minnesota believe they’ve come up with something that could help us clean better and greener than ever.

“We hope that the detergent we’ve made is the perfect detergent molecule,” said Paul Dauenhauer, associate professor of Chemical Engineering.

Perfect soap may seem like an impossible goal, but after three years of research, with funding from the Department of Energy, the team at the University of Minnesota has a patent to be proud of.

“These are called Oleo-Furan-Surfactants,” Dauenhauer said. “You’ll see that on an ingredients list hopefully sometime in the near future.”

While not a household name itself, the molecule could pop up in household products in two to three years thanks to it’s potential to lower prices.

“What’s great about this molecule is that you need very little of it to actually form the soap particles that are good for cleaning,” Dauenhauer said.

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