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SCC Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase Report
By: Katie Schaefer
Posted: December 16, 2008
page 7 of 12
Water distribution in hair: Yash Kamath, PhD, founder of Kamath Consulting, rounded out the session’s presentations with a talk on small angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies of human hair. “We can get information about moisture distribution in human hair by replacing H2O with D2O and then carrying out SANS,” said Kamath. According to Kamath’s data, most of the water is present in the microporous regions (cuticle) and less in the nanoporous regions (cortex and CMC). He did not conduct a study of the CMC because it is too large. Kamath finds that this information could be useful in modifying the hair to control the amount of water present, and that the desired effect on the property of the hair can be achieved. Moisturization of the cortex, according to Kamath, can lead to improved bending properties. “There is a small amount of water in the cortex that can be manipulated easily to control the suppleness of the hair,” said Kamath.
The first day’s sessions were culminated with the Suppliers’ Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton. Attendees mingled with one another while sampling the smorgasbord of sushi, pasta, shellfish and freshly carved meat and sipping on cocktails with lively background music. The night would not have been complete without dancing and a performance by the SCC band, the Chem-Tones.
Tribute to Des Goddard
Day Two of the SCC Annual Meeting and Technology showcase featured an all-day technical session dedicated to Des Goddard, focused on polymer and surfactant interactions.