TCCSCC October Meeting
Natural Succinic Acid:
A Building-Block for Novel Personal Care Ingredients
Tara Mullen, PhD  

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



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Abstract: Bio succinic acid is a natural raw material, which can be used make a wide range of personal care ingredients including ester solvents, emollient esters, and surfactants. Succinic acid is also an effective preservative and effervescent agent. Made from plants, bio succinic acid can be reacted with natural alcohols to produce biobased esters. C2-C5 esters have been shown to be effective fragrance carrier solvents, while C8-C18 esters have been shown to exhibit unique emollient properties for skin and hair care. Succinate esters impart a substantial ‘glide’ feel, similar to jojoba or castor oils. In hair care formulations, these products provide shine, and evaporate to a non-greasy feel.

Bio: Tara Mullen is the Manager of Application Engineering and Technical Support at BioAmber Inc. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from St. Norbert College, and a Doctorate Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining BioAmber in 2012, Tara held Application and Commercial Development roles at Segetis, and spent 5 years at GE Plastics in a Product Development role. Tara has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles, and holds 10 U.S. patents.

Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Location: Moscow on the Hill
371 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236
How to get there.

5:30-6:00 Social
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Presentation

Menu: Salmon filet
Beef stroganoff
Chicken kiev
Cost: Members: $30.00 
Non-Members: $35.00
Pay below with Paypal or bring cash or check on the day.
RSVP: Call theTwin Cities SCC Hotline @ 763-951-4083 to RSVP with menu choice by October 17, 2014. If RSVP is after 17th, please contact Debbie Carroccio at:
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