Where Sustainable Solutions Start
Airable Research Lab leverages decades of experience and knowledge in the soybean industry to create innovative and sustainable solutions in research and product development through bio-based chemistry.
Mention soybeans, and most people think of commodities: cooking oil, soy milk, tofu. But these versatile legumes play a much larger—and growing—role in a green economy. Soy-based alternatives to existing products and processes can provide significant advantages in terms of cost, function, and sustainability.
Airable Research Lab has been at the forefront of soy-based research and development for over 20 years. We partner with companies to explore ideas for using soybeans to upgrade a product—or better yet, invent something entirely new! Through every commercial development stage, Airable Research Lab works hand in hand with our partners, developing solutions tailored to client needs.
High-Melting Soy Wax
Airable Research Lab has synthesized a soy-based wax that can replace higher-melting wax in formulations. The bio-based wax provides an alternative to petroleum-based products or imported materials, such as high-performance carnauba, paraffin, and montan waxes. Airable’s unique wax is made from widely available renewable resources, allowing for effective and stable supply chains.
After prolonged exposure to the weather, concrete surfaces become damaged and discolored. Airable has developed a soy-based concrete sealant that acts as a water repellent when applied to porous surfaces. In lab testing, Airable’s sealant demonstrated improved water repellency over similar commercially available products.
Conditioners are important for maintaining leather goods, but most leather conditioners on the market today include petroleum. Depending on the grade, crude-oil-based ingredients can dry out the leather, and petroleum of any quality has a negative environmental impact. Airable Research Lab has formulated a soy-based leather conditioner that can extend the life of leather products. This eco-friendly treatment is as effective as its petroleum-based competitors.
Soy-Based Structural Adhesive
Airable Research Lab has developed a BPA-free structural adhesive with high bio-based content, addressing the market demand for adhesives from sustainable sources. Researchers have demonstrated proof-of-principle with this two-part epoxy acrylate, and the first round of testing shows promising results.
Airable Research Lab has synthesized a soy-based wax that can replace carnauba wax in formulations. Carnauba wax is sourced in Brazil, presenting not only supply chain issues but also a history of environmental and social implications. Furthermore, carnauba wax usually includes synthetic chemicals, often petroleum-based. Airable has produced a bio-based, locally and ethically sourced wax that can be used for home DIY products and industrial applications.
Airable Research Lab has developed a multifunctional soy-based fatty acid ester that can substitute for petroleum-based chemicals, enabling a variety of low-cost and low-toxicity products. SAXE-ONE has potential applications as a paint stripper or lubricant, as well as other industrial applications that entail extreme exposure conditions (temperature, pH, microbes, and corrosive environments). The product can also be used as a starting material for making acrylate monomers, friction reducers, plasticizers, and linear alpha olefins.
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