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Canola-based surfactants: Advantages and Properties – Webinar 28 June



As part of our effort to bring award-winning papers from around the world to the IFSCC Webinar audience, we are pleased to present the winner of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Best Presentation award. Giacomo Ancri of Albright & Wilson (Australia) will give us a deep-dive into canola-based surfactants.

Giacomo will cover:

  • Why we choose to develop canola surfactants
  • Advantages of canola surfactants
  • Canolamidopropyl dimethyl amine: intermediate for canola chemistry
  • Canola derived amidopropyl betaine properties and advantages
  • Canola derived amidopropyl amine oxide properties and advantages

Guest Scientist for this webinar will be Robert McPherson, the Australian Society’s representative to the IFSCC Praesidium.


Date & time
Tuesday 27 June
17h West Coast USA • 18h Mexico City • 19h Chicago / Bogotá • 20h East Coast USA • 21h Sao Paolo
Wednesday 28 June 
1h London • 2h Central Europe / South Africa • 3h Tel Aviv • 5h30 New Delhi • 8h Singapore / HK / China / Taipei • 9h Korea / Japan • 10h Melbourne/Sydney • 12h Wellington


After obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Chemistry at the University of Milan, Giacomo Ancri landed in Australia in 2013 to fulfill his dream of developing a career overseas. Now holding the position of HPC Technical Sales and R&D Chemist at Albright & Wilson (Australia), Giacomo excels in solving technical issues and engaging with customers to develop new products and bring innovation in the workplace. Curious and inventive, Giacomo has an outgoing personality and enjoys his technical work just as much as meeting new people and attending social events, always keen to discuss the latest news or some of his most recent projects. He was a speaker at the 2022 ASCC and 2022 NZSCC conferences and won awards for best ANZ Technical Paper and Best Scientific Presentation respectively for his work on canola surfactants. In his spare time Giacomo loves reading, playing board games, and travelling with his wife Rossella and son Oliver.

Robert McPherson (Guest Scientist) has been in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years. Robert obtained a Degree in Chemistry from The University of Strathclyde (Scotland) specializing in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry. He worked at Mentholatum Company in Glasgow for several years before immigrating to Australia. In 2015 Robert joined Lubrizol as an Account Manager. He is now SEA & AnZ Business Manager for Lubrizol life science – Home and Beauty. In 2017 Robert was elected President of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and served in this position for over 3 years. He won the ASCC Lester Conrad award for best presentation 3 times. He joined the IFSCC in 2022 on the Presidential track in anticipation of the 2026 IFSCC Adelaide Congress.​​​​​​​