ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- August 30, 2006

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New whiter-than-white technology for laundry detergents
Chemistry of Materials

Laundry detergents that give new meaning to that old advertising clich, "whiter than white," may emerge from a controlled-release technology scheduled to be described in the Aug. 22 issue of the ACS journal, Chemistry of Materials.

Bakul C. Dave and colleagues report development and testing of tiny silica gel beads to encapsulate the enzymes now used in a large number of laundry detergents. Developed with biotechnology, those enzymes are used in liquid and powdered detergents to help remove protein-based

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American Chemical Society

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