Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Thank you, AOCS members, who helped us grow during the second quarter of 2022!

We recognize the following AOCS members who recruited new Active (individual) Members and Students Members during April, May, and June of 2022. We appreciate your time and dedication to our community!

AOCS picnic basket

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. Members can also choose to donate the reward to the AOCS Foundation. Also, for each new referral, members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Recruiters of Active Members

  • William L. Boatright
  • Thomas Burns
  • Drake Cornell
  • Fabiola Dionisi
  • Ryan Drazenovic
  • Leon Pablo Espinosa
  • Keith Genco
  • Jocelyn Goodwin
  • William Blake Hendrix
  • Julia Khandurina
  • Peggy Lai
  • Ling Li
  • Chris Lirette
  • Serpil Metin
  • Jason Rivest
  • Jose Trujillo
  • Gopalan Venkatesh

Recruiters of Student Members

  • Ana Forgiarini
  • Kacie Ho
  • Bishnu Karki
  • Kangming Ma
  • Solmaz Tabtabaei
  • Julia Seilert
  • Roberta Claro Silva (2 new student members)

Friday, July 1, 2022

AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight: Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd, an AOCS Bronze Corporate Member, provides process engineering solutions to the oils and fats industry across the globe.

In this spotlight, Biju George Palayil, CEO, discusses the launch of their OM Innovation Centre at their Mumbai headquarters as well as the biggest challenges he sees ahead for this year.

What type of products or services does your company provide?

Kumar is an EPCC (engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning) company. We undertake turnkey projects and supply equipment and machinery to the oils and fats industry and its allied sectors. Our specialties include:

  • edible or non-edible vegetable oil extraction
  • pre-treatment with edible or inedible vegetable oils or fats
  • edible or non-edible vegetable oil or fat refining
  • modification of oils and fats
  • value-added or specialty products
  • biodiesel
  • oleo chemicals
  • value addition from by-products or waste product recovery

We supply batch, semi-continuous and continuous plants, manually operated or fully automated with PLC/DCS controlled with remote monitoring for any capacity for commercial or pilot facilities, including storage, utilities, and packaging for finished products.

Through our technology associations, we offer:

  • Crown Technologies for preparatory, solvent extraction, and refining processes
  • Arisdyne CFC (controlled flow cavitation) technology for oil refining and biodiesel processes
  • CPM Feed Mills for cattle, poultry, and aqua feed
  • Anderson International USA designed Dox Extruders and Solvex Expanders

What differentiates your company from other companies in the same space?

Every customer wants a technology partner who can solve their manufacturing challenges through realistic solutions, not theoretical wishful thinking. At our core, we are problem solvers. Customers ask us to solve their processing challenges because they can rely on us to offer the best solution for their context. Everyone — from our chairman to workers on the shop floor — strives to always solve problems for our customers.

The Kumar guarantee includes:

  • oilseed processing plants and machinery that are robustly engineered, versatile, and operationally profitable
  • custom solutions that are designed to solve customer challenges
  • consistent customer experience with in-time support responses. Our support teams are available 24/7/365.
  • Our sales, technical, and support teams use their industry knowledge to recommend the best solution from our portfolio
  • a seamless, uncomplicated purchasing, after-sales, and support process
Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd. factory
Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd. factory.

What are some recent innovations your company is most proud of?

We have made a significant investment in our future with the launch of the OM Innovation Centre at our Mumbai HQ. This technology insight, advancement, and collaboration hub catapults us into the global technology innovator space. Our team of engineers focuses on emerging technologies and tests various hypotheses, ensuring our customers achieve oil and meal quality exceeding their expectations. The Innovation Centre also includes a fully functional and highly instrumented pilot plant with preparation, extraction, and refining equipment, allowing customers to simulate plant-processing operations to scale within a controlled environment.

We've also made significant investments to help our customers transition from waste to profit by providing value-added solutions and technologies like biodiesels, oleo chemicals, and feed.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for your company next year?

We stay ahead of the innovation curve so our customers can leverage cost efficiencies that retain maximum edible protein and simultaneously protect human health. Unpredictable issues such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine, which cause significant disruption in the supply chain of volatile input materials, are the next challenge to be addressed in the coming years.

Why is corporate membership important to your organization?

To get access to the latest industry news and information, to gain networking opportunities with other members and industry mates, to connect with current and potential customers, and to take advantage of special discounts and offers.

Learn more about AOCS Corporate Membership.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Nominations and applications are open for 2023 AOCS Awards!

AOCS Awards celebrate the individuals that make outstanding contributions to science, technology, industry, our Society and the world.

Your nominations and applications bring a spotlight on exciting research and remarkable innovation and recognize leadership and service at all levels. With your support, the AOCS Awards Program can continue to contribute to our supportive community and celebrate the diversity and breadth of interests in the AOCS family.

How to nominate

  1. Read the full award descriptions and eligibility requirements on the AOCS Awards page.
  2. Log in to the AOCS Awards Submission Portal using your AOCS credentials to submit a nomination or application. Need help logging in? Contact Karen Kesler at or +1 217-693-4813.
  3. Email Lucas Censi at if you have any questions.

Deadlines for nominations and applications

Need help?

Download the AOCS Awards Submission Portal Guide (.pdf) for a step-by-step guide that walks you through the application process.

Watch a “Nominator Information Session” recording to see live demos and tutorials of the Awards Portal, including how to create your profile, upload materials and complete your application.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Thank you, AOCS members, who helped us grow during March 2022!

We recognize the following AOCS members who recruited new Active (individual) Members and Students Members during March 2022. We appreciate your time and dedication to our community! AOCS members can view the list of new members in the AOCS Premium Content Library.

Many of these new members will be attending the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo on May 1–4 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and online. We look forward to welcoming all of our new members in Atlanta for engaging technical sessions and fun networking events!

AOCS picnic basket

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. Members can also choose to donate the reward to the AOCS Foundation. Also, for each new referral, members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the picnic basket for the first quarter! You can read a short interview with her about why she's a member and encouraged a student to join AOCS.

Recruiters of Active Members

  • Mark Bollinger
  • Juliana Caixeta Guimaraes
  • Pete C. Cartwright
  • Gina M Clapper, MS
  • Stephen B. Del Cardayre
  • Fabiola Dionisi
  • Ian Duncan
  • Leon Pablo Espinosa (4 members)
  • Dr. Lei Fang (2 members)
  • Douglas G. Hayes
  • Blake Hendrix (4 members)
  • Andrew J. Kaziska
  • Zachary Martin
  • Mr. Jose Vicente Pinzon Robayo (2 members)
  • Steven J. Robbins
  • Kathleen Stanton
  • Gabriella Wright-Nagel
  • Xuebing Xu

Recruiters of Student Members

  • Douglas M. Bibus
  • Fernanda Dias
  • Lisa Stephanie Dizon
  • Zheng Guo
  • David F. Hildebrand
  • Charlotte M. Jacobsen
  • Randy Maglinao
  • Melissa Perez
  • Prasanth Kumar Punathil Kannan
  • Ariana Saffold
  • Abigail Sommer
  • Filip Van Bockstaele
  • Robert E. Ward
  • Haizhou Wu

Monday, April 25, 2022

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the Member Refer-a-Friend drawing!

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend rewards program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. For each new referral, AOCS members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the the picnic basket for the first quarter of 2022! In the interview below, Fernanda shared how AOCS has helped her in her career and why she decided to encourage Jasmin, a second-year graduate student, to join AOCS.

Fernanda Dias

Why did you think AOCS would be a good fit for your colleague?

AOCS is a great opportunity for Jasmin, a second-year graduate student, to connect with researchers and innovators from industry, academia, and government laboratories around the world. Since collaboration is a critical aspect of research, AOCS provides an invaluable opportunity to foster lifetime academic connections.

What have you gained from being a member of AOCS?

AOCS helps me to disseminate my research on lipids and proteins chemistry and helps me to keep up with current research on fats, lipids, proteins, and related materials. Moreover, this society helps me to interact and/or strengthen my relationship with brilliant professionals through meetings, specialized interest groups, and other networking opportunities.

How is AOCS different from other scientific societies?

AOCS is a unique society that helps its members to build a strong scientific community with the top minds and leaders from each field.

Thank you, Fernanda, for your support of AOCS. If you are an AOCS member, you can view the list of new members for March 2022 in the AOCS Premium Content Library. Don't forget to say "hi!"

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Member spotlight: Rinat Ran-Ressler

Rinat Ran-Ressler is a principal scientist on the Science and Technology Team at Nestlé Product Technology Center, Nestle Health Sciences, in Bridgewater, NJ, USA.

Dr. Ran-Ressler is a registered dietician with clinical experience and a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Cornell University. She pursued her Ph.D. at Dr. Tom Brenna’s lab, studying the role of branched chain fatty acids—rare fatty acids that were considered metabolically inert—in gut development. She  joined Nestlé Health Science as a senior scientist before moving into her current role.

Describe your research and/or explain what big challenge or problem your work is trying to solve.

I have several roles within Nestlé Health Science. With respect to lipids and oils, I am a member of an Expert Network within Nestlé. Our goal is to drive innovation and focus applications of our lipid discoveries across Nestlé’s business categories. Quality, feasibility, nutritional merit, and sustainability are high priority considerations, which guide us when we choose our oils.

How has AOCS helped you in the past in solving challenges in your work/research?

One of the advantages of AOCS is that it serves as an applicable knowledge platform across a broad spectrum of topics within the arena of lipids and oils. It is a platform that enables us to collaborate, connect, learn from each other, and share experiences. AOCS combines industry and academia to foster discoveries that empower and enhance the important and exciting role of lipids and oils in health and nutrition.

Member spotlight: Ignacio Vieitez

Ignacio Vieitez is a full research professor in the Department of Science and Food Technology, School of Chemistry, at Universdad de la República (UdelaR) in Montevideo, Uruguay. Prof. Vieitez received a Ph.D. in chemistry from UdelaR. He currently develops new green extraction processes based on the use of compressed fluids to isolate bioactive compounds from natural sources such as agricultural by-products and plants. He has been an AOCS member since 2011 and participates in several academic and social activities across different AOCS Divisions.

He is the session chair for the following sessions at the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo:

“It is a pleasure to be involved in different activities with AOCS and to interact with the members,” he says. “Therefore, I strongly recommend being able to participate in the AOCS 2022 meeting.”

Prof. Vieitez, please describe your research and/or explain what big challenge or problem your work is trying to solve.

Obtaining natural bioactive extracts from natural sources is not an easy task since the extraction and purification processes must be developed. Our group develops new environmentally clean processes, working at mild conditions to avoid degradation of the bioactive compounds to study, for instance: the inhibitory effects of Cannabis flower extracts, obtained by supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) with and without modifier, on various human tumor cells and non-tumor cells, or obtaining new antioxidant extracts using natural raw materials. One of the main challenges deals with the discovery of new natural sources. We have been working in the reutilization and optimization extraction procedures, for instance, the olive oil by-products.

In this regard, compressed fluids technologies offer great versatility and efficiency for extracting bioactive compounds, as the properties of the solvents used can be modified through changes in extraction pressure or temperature, thus modifying their selectivity towards the compounds of interest. For instance, extraction of natural products with supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) has gained increasing attention from the food industries because conventional methods involve solvents that are inflammable and/or toxic and high temperatures that could degrade products of interest and produce impurities while CO2 is considered a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) substance and the technology involved uses moderated conditions.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I like my job at UdelaR as a researcher for various reasons, mainly the opportunity to participate in different projects with the associated challenges and also the opportunity that this offers to meet new researchers from which you always learn. 

There is no typical day in the life of an academic, but something like this contains most of the activities one would do regularly: arrive at work early in the morning, answer emails from students, look for research material online, try to write my new article, or activities like papers to review, classes to teach or classes to prep for, students to meet with. However, I feel that academic freedom and a flexible schedule is part of my life. I still love the teaching itself and research with students and colleagues around the world. I think I have been able to do interesting, innovative research and develop worldwide connections.