We have budding Biochemical Engineers in our midst!
Biology students have researched how enzymes are often added to laundry detergents to help remove stains by breaking down a variety of macromolecules such as sugars, fats, lipids and proteins.
Many factors affect the effectiveness of enzymes during the washing of clothes.
Inquiries considered include: Which enzymes may assist in the washing process? Why? What factors affect enzyme activity? How can the suitability of an enzyme for use in laundry detergent be tested?
Experiments were performed in the laboratory to answer the question: How can a laundry detergent enzyme be used to remove stains most effectively?