Status: Need is Closed

Seeking Commercialization Partners for Soy-based Surfactants

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Oct 3, 2019

The Ohio Soybean Council seeks industrial partners to help commercialize soy-based surfactants.  These industrial partners should have both the capability to scale up manufacturing and the access to substantial markets where surfactants are in demand.



The Ohio Soybean Council and Battelle have partnered to develop soy-based surfactants suitable for a variety of applications including enhancing oil recovery from tight rock formations.


This family of surfactants is derived from epoxidized soybean oil or epoxidized soybean oil methyl ester.  The versatility of this chemical platform allows tailoring surfactants to meet your performance and sustainability needs.


Partnership with OSC and Battelle provides access to ongoing research and to technical and logistical support from a seasoned, diverse team of material scientists and engineers.


Features and Benefits

  • Economical and reliable raw material sourcing
  • Preliminary data from standard endocrine disruption tests and ECOSAR is favorable
  • Effective for use in enhancing oil recovery from low permeability formations (see graph below)
    • Higher functionality than standard cationic surfactants


     Oil recovery in an Ohio carbonate reservoir from spontaneous imbibition as a percentage of oil in place (OIP): soy-based surfactant (coral) vs. two commercial surfactants (blue and black).


The goal is to identify substantial market applications and to enable production of 1-20 kg quantities of surfactants for application development.  As demand increases, the ability to scale up to larger quantities is a plus. 


Currently Battelle can supply samples < 500 grams for lab-scale evaluation.

Key success Criteria

Commercialization partners should have:

  • Capabilities and capacity to conduct organic synthesis reactions such as epoxidation, esterification and transesterification
  • Access to surfactant user market/s, including oil and gas production, cleaning products, and paints and coatings
  • Capabilities to analyze the product using analytical techniques such as spectroscopy (IR and NMR), Surface/interfacial tension analyzer, and titrations
  • The ability to produce 1-kg or 20-kg quantities of surfactants, preferably with possibility of scaling to 100-kg to 1000-kg quantities as demand increases
  • The ability to control manufacturing process to generate a consistent certificate of analysis specifying key physical properties such as solid content, pH, surface tension, density, and Zeta Potential
Possible Approaches

Include, but are not limited to, manufacturing partners such as:

  • Chemical processing companies or surfactant manufacturers with capacity to produce 10-20 kg quantities and > 100 kg quantities
Due Date
Sep 29, 2019
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  • Your organization’s technical approach and/or manufacturing capability
  • The intended market application
  • Background and description of the responding team and their related experience

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Client Point of Contact

Barry McGraw
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Kevin Andrews
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