Soap - From empiricism to understanding

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Soap is a commodity as old as the oldest human activity. It was probably discovered by accident and in the course of its history its manufacture developed to a high degree of sophistication without an understanding of the basic chemical phenomena. The many empirical observations had to wait until the fundamental studies of Chevreul on the chemistry of fats and oils to unravel the scientific principles underlying them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-148
Number of pages9
JournalIndian Journal of Chemical Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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