"Ether Sulfates and Ethoxylated Emulsifiers
- Facts and Alternative Facts"
With Dr. Ricardo Diez, Rutgers University (formerly of Chanel USA)
​​​​​​​Guest Scientist Dr. Tony Gough (IFSCC Praesidium Member)
Wednesday 25 August 11h NYC time

About the Webinar

Mention 1,4 Dioxane and you're likely to get a variety of opinions and comments. But what are these based on - facts or fiction? Dr. Ricardo Diez gives us his perspective and tries to clarify the misconceptions around 1,4 Dioxane.

All ethoxylated emulsifiers have an internal ‘magic structure’ that makes them very efficient and versatile for formulating a wide range of cosmetic emulsions. Along with soap, they remain the most widely used emulsifiers on a global basis.

In the past few years, however, concerns about the presence of 1,4 Dioxane, a by-product of the ethoxylation process, has generated in some sectors of the industry an overzealous ‘need to replace’ them with non-ethoxylated materials. Oftentimes, these alternative materials are not as nearly as efficient or as versatile.

The fact remains that these ethoxylated emulsifiers contain very little 1,4 Dioxane. In fact, when used at typical concentrations found in cosmetic emulsions, the result is a finished product containing 1,4 Dioxane in the ppb range.

​​​​​​​Why do these materials have so little 1,4 Dioxane in comparison to ether sulfates? What is the ‘magic structure’ that makes these materials so unique and difficult to replace?  Why are they so important in the Lamellar Gel Network model for emulsions?  You'll find out in this presentation.
​​​​​​​Wednesday 11 August, 8h West Coast USA = 10h Mexico City = 11h East Coast USA = 16h London = 17h Europe / South Africa = 18h Tel Aviv / Moscow = 20h30 New Delhi = 23h China / Hong Kong = 0h Tokyo = 1h Melbourne

Dr. Ricardo Diez, Rutgers University (formerly of Chanel USA).

Many of you have had the pleasure of attending one of Dr. Diez'  IFSCC educational seminars as he travelled throughout Latin America on behalf of the IFSCC. Or perhaps you've attended one of his many Society of Cosmetic Chemists' continuing education classes. However you've had the chance to listen to Dr. Diez, you know how passionate he is about sharing his knowledge with others.

Ricardo Diez, Ph.D, is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, (New Jersey, USA) where he teaches two courses on Applied Cosmetic Science in the Masters of Business and Science program.

He has more than four decades of experience in the industry in both consumer product companies (Procter & Gamble, Dial Corp and Chanel), and raw material producers (Miranol, Stepan and Huntsman). He has obtained patents in the fields of raw materials synthesis and consumer product technologies.

Dr. Tony Gough "Guest Scientist" and IFSCC Praesidium Member

Our Question and Answer period will be led by "Guest Scientist" Dr. Tony Gough.

Tony has a PhD in organic chemistry and has worked in research & development and technical roles within the personal care product industry for over 30 years. He is Director of Innovation for Sustainability at Innospec UK and has been with the company since 2012. Prior to this, he held management/senior management roles in R&D/technical functions at Unilever Research, Alberto-Culver, COSi, Surfachem and ISP/Ashland.

He served as IFSCC Treasurer for 4 years, and will become IFSCC President next fall during the IFSCC 2022 London Congress.
Mary Lynn Halland, Moderator

As Secretary General of the IFSCC since 2016, Mary Lynn supports all activities of the IFSCC. IFSCC Education Chair Perry Romanowski has Moderated all but one of the IFSCC's 33 webinars to date, with Mary Lynn working on the technology in the background. On this 34th webinar the roles will be reversed, with Mary Lynn attempting to Moderate, and Perry running the technology behind the scenes.

  • Mary Lynn Halland, IFSCC Secretary General

    Webinar Moderator and Host

  • Dr. Ricardo Diez, Rutgers University (formerly of Chanel USA)

    Webinar Presenter

  • Dr. Tony Gough, IFSCC Praesidium Member (UK Society)

    "Guest Scientist"

  • , ,