Entrepreneurial Chemist Wants to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Detergents

A U of M researcher's startup aims to develop biobased surfactants that, unlike conventional ones, maintain their cleaning power in hard water.

Three years ago, Christoph Krumm was still a PhD student working on surfactants at the University of Minnesota. Now he’s the cofounder and CEO of Sironix Renewables, which is hoping to compete in the market of biorenewable surfactants, potentially reducing the environmental impact of detergents and other products. Krumm was recently named to the 2019 Grist 50, a list of emerging sustainability leaders. Mark Peplow spoke to Krumm about his plans to clean up our laundry.

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.