I liked the scientific description <grin>.
FWIW, it's a natural extension of detergent research. Basically, classical
soap molecules have a waterloving (hydrophilic) and water detesting
(hydrophobic) end, as they consist of a long chain fatty acid, such as
stearic acid, and a sodium or potassium ion. The fatty ends wrap around
dirt, the ionic part interacts with water. Presto, the dirt is dissolved.
Synthetic soaps work better than the old-fashioned one for many purposes.
This research amplifies this in a very nice way.
BTW, stearic acid makes nice candles. Use in emergencies for either light,
or food - it is one of the most energy-rich for the weight.
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