Ingevity to present at upcoming NLGI Annual Meeting

Sep 23, 2021

Ingevity will participate in the 2021 National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, September 30. Ingevity’s Senior Innovation Chemist, Oilfield Technologies, Devin Granger, will present the technical paper, “Modified fatty acids as alternative soap thickeners for lubricating greases.”

During this presentation, Devin will discuss how the pandemic’s impact on supply chains sparked R&D efforts of exploring effective alternatives to traditional grease thickeners, such as 12-hydroxystearic acid (12-HSA), to alleviate the dependence on imports and reduce the possibility of production disruptions. Initial experimental results indicated that modified fatty acids (MFAs) not derived from castor oil could be used to form thickeners that are shear-stable. The developmental MFAs were obtained as reacted products with unreacted fatty acids and can be used without further processing or purified and subsequently blended for use as grease thickeners.

If you plan to attend NLGI, be sure to attend Devin’s presentation Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8:45 a.m. MT to learn more about the results of using MFAs as an alternative to traditional 12-HSA grease thickeners. Interested in learning more about Ingevity’s technical capabilities in regards to grease products? Contact Shana McCabe for more information.

About NLGI

The objectives of NLGI are to disseminate information that can lead to the development of better lubricating greases for the consumer and to provide better grease lubrication engineering service to the industry. NLGI endeavors to promote these objectives several ways, including funding lubricating grease research, promoting improved laboratory and field tests, and lubricating grease manufacturing improvements.  Technical discussion forums between consumers, producers, and educators are provided, and dissemination of technical data relevant to improved manufacturing techniques, new products, new uses, and new application and testing methods is fostered. Learn more about NLGI at