Monday, March 20, 2017

Health and Nutrition Division New Investigator Award

The AOCS Health and Nutrition Division is seeking nominations for the 2017 AOCS Health & Nutrition Division New Investigator Research Award. Self-nominations are welcome. Please submit your nomination materials to Victoria Rouleau ( by March 24, 2017.

The award recognizes a young scientist who is making significant and substantial research contributions in one of the areas represented by the AOCS Health & Nutrition Division. The recipient will give a scientific presentation at the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases, related to the research and development which has merited them the award.

Eligibility: Candidates younger than 36 years old by June 1, 2017, or have received their highest degree within the previous ten years. Candidates must be responsible for the accomplishment of outstanding original research on the health or nutrition of fats or oils. 

Nomination Materials: Nomination letter,  at least three supporting letters, and a curriculum vitae. 

For more details, please visit

Did you know? AOCS and supporting companies recognize nearly 50 researchers each year! Plan your next award nomination today. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Symposium to honor Milton Rosen at 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting

The Journal of Surfactants and Detergents is celebrating its 20th volume year in 2017 and one of the many events includes a special symposium honoring the work of Milton Rosen at the AOCS Annual Meeting & Industry Showcases in Orlando, FloridaSpeakers were invited based on their connections to Dr. Rosen and include former students, past winners of the Samuel Rosen Memorial Award, and his co-authors on publications. Read the details of the symposium below. Attendance is open to any AOCS Annual Meeting attendee. See you in sunny Florida!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Journal of Surfactants and Detergents—20th Volume Celebration Honoring Milton Rosen
Chairs: Dennis Murphy, Stepan Co., USA; and Arun Ramchandran, University of Toronto, Canada 

1:55 pm
2:00 pm
Gemini surfactants based on Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate for use in Liquid Laundry Detergents. George A. Smith, Huntsman Corporation, USA
2:20 pm
Silicone Surfactants in Oil Based Systems. Tony O'Lenick, Siltech LLC, USA
2:40 pm
Synergism and Interaction of Surfactants in Enhancing Performance in Personal Care and Industrial Formulations. Manilal Dahanayake, Surfactant Solution Experts. LLC, USA
3:00 pm
Surfactant Mixtures: Synergism in Solubilization, Microemulsions, and Detergency. David A. Sabatini, University of Oklahoma, USA
3:20 pm
Surfactant-Polymer Interactions. Yun-Peng Zhu, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., USA
3:40 pm
Improve Low Tension Formulation Robustness in Enhanced Oil Recovery with Properly Optimized Surfactant Mixture. Jean-Louis Salager and  Ana Forgiarini, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela
4:00 pm
Accounting for Ion Specific Effects in the Hydrophilic/Lipophilic Difference (HLD) Equation. Brock A. Trotter, Mohannad Kadhum, Ben Shiau, and Jeffrey Harwell, University of Oklahoma, USA; University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, USA
4:20 pm
Use of High Throughput Technologies to Accelerate Formulation Development. Christopher J. Tucker, Michael Tate, and John Ell, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
4:40 pm
Samuel Rosen, Milton Rosen, and Visions of a Future Honoring a Legacy. Charles Hammond, Flotek Chemistry, USA

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 AOCS Annual Meeting - Reduced Rates Available

Attending the AOCS Annual Meeting is now more affordable than ever with special, reduced rates for Students, Young Professionals, and Retired Professionals. Full-conference rates start at just $150.

Don’t delay; registration rates increase February 24!

The AOCS Annual Meeting is an ideal platform for the creation of mentorships- those invaluable relationships which assist our young workforce with acclimating to the intricacies of fats and oils, developing their skillset, and setting the future direction of the industry. In addition to 600+ technical oral and poster presentations, the meeting will feature a Hot Topics Symposia and special sessions; daily networking activities, including evening Happy Hours; and 70+ exhibitors from around the world.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Announcing...AOCS' New Book of Official Methods and Recommended Practices

The Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 7th Edition is in the final stages of being reviewed and revised by academic, corporate, and government experts to ensure that the most technically accurate methods are presented.

Four new Methods accepted in 2016

  • Ac 6-16 (Official Method) Extraction and Indirect Enzyme-Linked Lectin Assay for Soybean Agglutinin in Soybeans

  • Cd 12c-16 (Standard Procedure) Oxidative Stability by OxiTest™

  • Cd 30-15 (Official Method) Extraction of 2- and 3-MCPD Fatty Acid Esters and Glycidyl Fatty Acid Esters from Oil-Based Emulsions

  • Ce 12-16 (Official Method) Sterols and Stanols in Food and Dietary Supplements Containing added Phytosterols

Brand new layout – Experience an easier-to-read format for all Methods.

Meets ACS style standards to ensure essential technical and scientific information remains accurate, clear, unambiguous, and scientifically sound.

Method titles updated to clarify the content and scope of each Method.

Ensure your AOCS Methods are always up to date. Pre-order your 7th Edition today.

  • Save $375 with your AOCS membership

  • Free 6th Edition Methods Site License until your 7th Edition arrives. All methods online, easily accessible via your computer!

  • Easy to Pre-order: (The 7th Edition is expected to ship May 2017 or earlier.)

Setting the Standard
Since the 1920s, the global fats and oils industry has relied on the analytical integrity of the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS. AOCS has set the standard for analytical methods critical to processing, trading, utilizing, and evaluating fats, oils, and lipid products. Worldwide acceptance has made the AOCS Methods a requirement wherever fats and oils are analyzed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fats, Oils, and Lipids Congress wants YOUR research

Take advantage of this opportunity to present your research at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids September 11–14, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico.

Program Topics

  • Analytical and Quality Control
  • (Bio) Detergents, Control Cosmetics, and Surfactants
  • Biodiesel
  • Biotechnology: Interesterification, Bio-products, and Enzymatic Process
  • By-products: Protein, Lecithin, Fiber, Tocopherols, and more
  • Extraction, Refining, and Processing
  • Fats in Pet Foods
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Oxidation of Lipids and Antioxidants in Foods
  • Regulatory and Commercial Aspects Affecting the Fats and Oils Industry: 3-MCPD, PHA, trans, and more
  • Sensory Evaluation in Fats
  • Specialty Oils: Olive, Avocado, Algal, and more
  • Structure, Functionality, and Applications in Food
  • Sustainability in Fat Production

Find Out More

Thursday, January 26, 2017

AOCS January Newsletter

Chia: Superfood or superfad?

Chia is being added to cereal, juice, bread, smoothies, pasta, snacks—even baby food. But are the health claims behind this newly proclaimed “superfood” supported by scientific evidence? A review article in the January 2017 issue of INFORM magazine covers the composition, cultivation, selective breeding, and regulatory status of chia, as well as the scientific evidence behind health claims, supply and demand, and formulating with chia. You may also view the full issue of INFORM online

2017 Annual Meeting: Registration Now Open!

From April 30 to May 3, join over 1,600 professionals in Orlando, Florida for technical programming, joint sessions with the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), networking activities, and face-to-face interactions with our exhibitors. The 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases is a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials, and provides you with the education and resources you need to advance your career! Save up to $200 when you register by February 24!

Popular AOCS Journal Articles Published in 2016

Below is a listing of some of the highly downloaded journal articles published in the past year. If you haven’t read them yet, click on each title now. To stay current, sign up to receive journal Table of Contents alerts in 2017!




Upcoming AOCS Meetings


2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases
April 30–May 3, 2017
Orlando, Florida, USA

Registration is open!
17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
September 11–14, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

Call for papers
Upcoming Industry Meetings 
Industry Event
3rd Annual Emerald Conference
February 2–3, 2017
San Diego, California, USA

Exploring the Science of Cannabis
Industry Event
Expo Oils & Fats BRAZIL
May 10–11, 2017
São Paulo, Brazil

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Top Ten Downloads from inform|connect during 2016

Researchers from the fats and oils community accessed the following resources the most during 2016. These resources included AOCS book chapters, INFORM articles, and meeting/conference presentations. Don't miss out! Join (for free) the highly-engaged community at inform|connect to download these and stay up-to-date with the latest trending topics.
  1. Rice Bran Oil Extraction and Palletization (book chapter)
  2. Application of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) in Food Science and Biotechnology (Powerpoint)
  3. Medicinal Cannabis (Powerpoint)
  4. Enzymes in detergents (article)
  5. Natural fats and oils in cosmetics (article)
  6. Measurement and Maintenance of Palm Oil Quality (book chapter)
  7. Fact or Fiction: Animal fat making a big comeback (article)
  8. Overview of the Global Vegetable Oil Market – When will vegetable oil prices rise again? (Powerpoint)
  9. Future Impact of Technological Changes in Oilseed Processing & Oil Refining (Powerpoint) 
  10. Biodiesel Process (guideline)
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