Friday, May 22, 2015

Articles from JAOCS: Open Access and Editor's Pick

Springer has made it simple to view JAOCS Open Access articles by creating an online collection. Bookmark and view all articles by clicking this link.

In the Editor's Pick this month, JAOCS Senior Associate Editor Rick Ashby, describes the production and characterization of unique polyurethane coatings derived from monoglycerides of neem oil. The results demonstrated that the polyurethane coatings exhibited good properties – better than some commercially available materials – and thermal stability, proving that neem oil has good potential as a renewable precursor for polyol production. The article is available for free download through July 18.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Defining the BEST Extraction. Transition in Testing Technology

Dr. John MacKay has written several short articles on how to determine the “BEST” extraction.  This one is focused on defining the key techniques used for testing for the major cannabinoids and the reasons for the exponential growth in Supercritical Fluid Chromatography as an analytical and purification/isolation tool.  Testing of medical marijuana throughout the process from seed to shelf needs more harmonization of the compound standards and development to standard operating procedures.  Along with the pioneering work of Dr. Chris Hudalla (ProVerde Labs) sited in Dr. MacKay’s article and previous article by Ms. Heather Despres (CannLabs) in May, 2014 INFORM  (, AOCS is proactively taking a leadership role in defining the testing procedures.  This is being led by Dr. Cynthia Ludwig.

Read 'Defining the BEST Extraction. Transition in Testing Technology'

Friday, May 15, 2015

May Inform Now Available. Read the Features FREE!

Take a look at this month's issue!  Our new digital edition gives you easier access!

Bookmark this link for access to the most current issue:

And this link will give you access to all available editions:


Use of spent bleaching earth for economic and environmental benefit
Mixing spent bleaching earth with salt can eliminate the risk of spontaneous combustion while providing a high-demand product for livestock.

Glycerolysis pretreatment of high FFA feedstocks
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of glycerolysis pretreatment with those of other pretreatment approaches.

Evolving co-products from the ethanol industry
As the value of co-products increases, ethanol plants are diversifying their portfolios and becoming less reliant on profits from ethanol.

Algae secrets: How to harvest microalgae for applications worldwide
A new harvesting technology uses electric pulses to remove solids, de-water, and concentrate micro-algae at the commercial scale.

Ultra oil-producing sugarcane and sweet sorghum
Sugarcane that has been genetically modified to produce oil can produce 10 times more biodiesel per hectare than soybeans.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Free: Read Inform magazine in full every month!

Here is some exciting news: We are now delivering the entire digital issue of Inform magazine free of charge! In addition, Inform magazine has a new and improved format with better readability from any computer or handheld device via web browser or app. You can view back issues, share the entire magazine, or clip and share individual articles. The app can be found in the Apple and Google Play stores by searching on “AOCS Inform.” The May issue presents articles on oil from sugarcane, a value-added product from spent bleaching earth, pretreatment of high-FFA feedstocks, how to harvest microalgae, surfactants processing advances, and more.

Be sure to visit and bookmark the Inform website to view back issues and to learn about advertising opportunities. Lastly, we encourage you to email feature and other content ideas to Inform’s Managing Editor, Kathy Heine at  Thank you, and please enjoy the free and improved digital edition of Inform magazine!

Janet S. Brown
AOCS Press
Director, Content Development

Did you present at the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases?

Both oral and poster presenters are invited to upload their presentations to inform|connect. Continue the conversation about your research and make contact beyond those that attended your session by posting your presentation on this innovative platform.

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You told us you need a place to connect with peers, as well as access content relevant to your interests. So we have created inform|connect—a global information portal designed to facilitate the exchange of information and provide solutions to real-world challenges.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AOCS Annual Meeting & Industry Showcases PHOTOS!

As the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting draws to a close it is evident by the photos that a great time was had by all. Photos from the meeting will continue to be posted on our Facebook page ( Here are a  few for you to enjoy!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Annual Meeting & Industry Showcases Tuesday May 5th

Tuesday is a day to learn and honor! We have numerous technical sessions, Award Lectures and our Awards Plenary and Business Meeting.

-Tuesday, May 5-

Awards Plenary and Business Meeting 11:00 am – 12:45 pm | Gatlin C

Join us as we recognize the achievements of AOCS members and hear what Society leaders are planning for the year ahead. AOCS President Steven Hill and AOCS Vice President Manfred Trautmann will each deliver a brief address, Society and Scientific awards will be presented, and routine AOCS business will be handled.

The Supelco/Nicholas Pelick–AOCS Research Award lecture and Stephen S. Chang Award lecture will be presented as part of the session.

Lawn Party   6:00 – 7:30 PM | Recreation Lawn and Patio Area

Develop important connections with other industry professionals from around the world in a friendly, casual environment.  This networking reception takes place on Rosen Shingle Creek’s recreation lawn and adjoining patio. Kick off your shoes, roll up your sleeves and round up a few colleagues for a rousing game of sand volleyball! Other games may include badminton, croquet, bocce ball, and bag toss.  All Annual Meeting full-conference attendees, and Tuesday-only registrants, are invited to this networking event, which features delicious hors d’ oeuvres and a variety of beverages.

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