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Chemistry alum James Kornacki invented a purification process to remove sulfites from wine.
Northwestern doctoral student James Kornacki looked at the boxed wine in his kitchen and considered a question: Could he use his chemistry expertise to remove the sulfites that can cause headaches for wine drinkers and affect the taste?
Many wine loves, including members of Kornacki’s family, struggle with a sensitivity to sulfites — preservatives used in food and beverages. Kornacki drew from his research experience in the lab, where he was studying the biochemical properties of antioxidant wine compounds. While completing his doctorate, Kornacki set up a homemade lab in his apartment and created a polymer technology to remove free sulfites from wine and restore it to its...