Monday, January 20, 2020

Join me in welcoming our newest AOCS 2020 members!

Did you know that AOCS has a goal of adding 425 new Active members for 2020? Each month, I will keep you posted on the status of reaching this goal, and I hope that you will encourage colleagues and other people that you know would benefit from AOCS membership to our Society.

In a few weeks, we will announce some exciting changes to our member-refer-a-friend program. Keep encouraging new members to join because you will be rewarded for your efforts! Thank you to all for your commitment to AOCS. 

The 2020 membership year began September 1, 2019. Between September 1 and December 31, 2019, 95 individuals, students and companies joined for the 2020, which means they received free membership until the end of 2019. Here are some highlights of this group:
  • 15% were students 
  • 85% joined as Actives (professionals)
  • Top job functions: chemists, scientists, technical service specialists, business directors, QA/QC managers, commercial managers, processors, regulatory managers, lipidologists
  • Twenty countries and 68 different institutions were represented
  • 75% of the Actives are from industry; 15% from university and government
  • We added two new Bronze Corporate Members: Henkel and Dicalite Management Group

Why did they join?  Yves Revi, Product & Process Development Assistant, Bunge Loders Croklaan, The Netherlands, had this to say:  

“I hope that keeping up-to-date via AOCS publications and meetings will broaden my knowledge in processing and nutritional aspects of lipids.”

How about others? While I do not have specific responses from all the new members, the interest areas that stand out include: analytical, specialty oils, edible applications, industrial oils and health and nutrition.     

In a few months, our online searchable membership directory will become available, making it easier to connect with members of the AOCS community. AOCS members can download and read the listing of our newest AOCS members from the AOCS Premium Content Library. Say “Hi!” on inform|connect or plan to meet your fellow AOCS members at one of the networking events at the AOCS 2020 Annual Meeting.

Friday, January 10, 2020

8th International Symposium on “Surfactants in Tribology”

The 23rd International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution (SIS2020) will be held on June 26 – July 1, 2020, at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. As part of SIS2020, AOCS member Girma Biresaw (Peoria, IL, USA) and Kash Mittal (Hopewell Jct., NY, USA) are hosting a symposium on“Surfactants in Tribology.”

Surfactants perform a wide range of functions in tribology. These include basic lubrication functions such as control of friction and wear, as well as controlling a wide range of lubricant properties. Examples of lubricant properties that can be modified with the application of surfactants include emulsification/demulsification, bioresistance, oxidation resistance, rust/corrosion prevention, etc. Surfactants also spontaneously form a wide range of organized assemblies in polar and non-polar solvents. These include monolayers; normal/reverse micelles; oil/water (o/w) and w/o microemulsions; hexagonal and lamellar lyotropic liquid crystals; and uni- and multi-lamellar vesicles. The tribological properties of these organized surfactant structures have yet to be fully investigated and understood.

More recently, there has been a great deal of interest in certain surfactant organized assemblies such as self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). These structures are expected to play critical roles in the lubrication of a wide range of products, including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). 
Whereas there is a great deal of literature on the topics of surfactants and tribology separately, there is very little information on the subject of surfactants and tribology together. This is despite the fact that surfactants play many critical roles in tribology and lubrication. This symposium is tasked with filling this gap in the literature linking surfactants and tribology.

The first symposium on “Surfactants in Tribology” was held as a part of the 16th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution (SIS) in Seoul, South Korea, June 4–9, 2006 (SIS2006). Following the smashing success in Seoul, subsequent such symposia were successfully held at all the venues of SIS around the globe. They expect the Symposium in Lublin to be equally successful and would like to invite you to submit your abstract and participate. You can find the abstract template and guidelines here.

Oral and poster presentations are welcome. If you require special invitation or have other questions, please contact Girma Biresaw at Please make sure to select the “Surfactants in Tribology” track when submitting your abstract at the SIS2020 website.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Congratulations on our new Emeritus members!

Every year, AOCS members who have maintained their membership with the Society for 35 consecutive years and meet the requirements for retired membership are considered for Emeritus membership. For 2020, we are excited to announce sixteen new Emeritus members.

What does Emeritus membership include? All the amazing benefits of AOCS membership, but for FREE!

Learn more about Emeritus Membership and join me in congratulating our Class of 2020 Emeritus members.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Class of 2020 Emeritus Members
Ken Beery, member since 1985
Michael Cox, member since 1983
Frank J. Flider, member since 1975
Bill Hausmann, member since 1976
Ed Hunter, member since 1983
Dharma R. Kodali, member since 1982
Firouz Madadnoee, member since 1984
Rodney J. Mailer, member since 1983
Steve Misner, member since 1984
Andy Proctor, member since 1984
Ian Purtle, member since 1983
Kiyotaka Sato, member since 1985
Vijai K.S. Shukla, member since 1985
Dennis K. Strayer, member since 1974
Frank Veldkamp, member since 1984
Earl D. Weak, member since 1982

When I asked for favorite AOCS memories, Dennis Strayer, retired from Bunge North America, shared:
“Upon reflection, I realized that all of my interactions with AOCS were memorable and no single thing stands out more than any other. I always (and still do) look forward each month to the Journals and INFORM, as it is an opportunity to learn and expand my technical knowledge. And likewise, I always look forward each year to the annual meetings as an opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new ones as well as getting a chance to see the see and learn about the latest developments in our industry. I always made a point at each meeting to introduce myself to at least one member I had not met yet in our society and learn as much as I could about that person from that meeting.
And I would like to add, that inform|connect has been a tremendous success, as it adds a new dimension to the Society as it allows for daily interaction with the Society and the members that was difficult to achieve in the past. I applaud the Society for this activity and the effort that goes into it."

Thank you all for your dedication to the Society! 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Nominations are open for the 2020 AOCS Division officer election!

Divisions are at the forefront of all member activities. Division officers help to develop networking activities, webinars and Annual Meeting programming for your Division.

Nominate a colleague or yourself and have a voice in the future of your Division. Each Division is governed by an elected, three-person Executive Steering Committee:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary-Treasurer

The term of office is one year; however, a member may serve in an officer position for three consecutive terms.

What does each member of the committee do?


  • Appoints Division members to do the following:
  • Oversee the Division awards program
  • Serve as newsletter editor
  • Oversee other Division activities, as needed
  • Reports on the status of awards and newsletter activities to the Division's Executive Steering Committee
  • Represents the Division and its interests at Division Council meetings


  • Chairs the Division's technical programming committee; appoints Division members to assist in program development
  • Serves on the AOCS Program Committee
  • Reports pertinent details concerning the upcoming AOCS Annual Meeting technical program to the Division's Executive Steering Committee
  • Assumes duties of Chairperson when necessary


  • Takes minutes of Division's Executive Steering Committee meetings
  • Reviews Division financials with AOCS staff and reports activities to the Division's Executive Committee
  • Appoints a Division member to oversee networking events
  • Submits a written report in July that summarizes the activities of the previous year, in consultation with the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
  • Prepares a budget reflecting the Division's future program plans with income and expense projections with the written report

Submit the names of potential candidates by Friday, January 31. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged! Ballots will be sent to Division members in mid-February.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

AAOCS member spotlight: Amy Logan

Amy Logan is the group leader for Food Quality and Safety within the Food Program of CSIRO Agriculture and Food, based at the Food Innovation Centre in Werribee, Victoria. Her group is spread across Werribee, North Ryde in New South Wales and Coopers Plains in Queensland and consists of 30 innovative individuals working in the areas of food analysis, materials, microbiology, and sensory and consumer science. Additionally, the group routinely hosts a number of national and international short-term (5–10mth) student internships and longer-term PhD students.

Amy’s background is in lipid chemistry. She conducted her Ph.D. jointly with the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment, examining the influence of genetics and environment on the chemical composition of selected canola cultivars (2002–2006). More recently, her expertise has focused on the dairy industry, working across lipid-protein and protein-protein structure function interactions. She has been an active member of the AOCS Australasian Section committee for many years and is an associate editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS).

Thanks to Amy for sharing a little bit about yourself!

A typical day for me … is quite varied! It can involve discussions around research strategy and capability needs within the Food Program, working together with clients to add value to the AgriFood industry, and leading an innovative science program, “Personalised Fabrication of Smart Food Systems”, within one of CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms.

My favourite part of my job is … collaborating on a national and international level to solve some really exciting scientific questions. A recent example is a successful collaboration between ourselves and four organisations across Australia and France (INRA, CNEIL, Université de Toulouse, The University of Melbourne and CSIRO): Lazzaro et al. (2020) Food Hydrocolloids, 101, 105414.

L to R: Amy Logan, Roderick Williams (CSIRO) and Fanny Lazzaro (Ph.D. student from INRA, France) loading samples on the Quokka small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument at ANSTO.
The Australian arm of the work revolved around a three month visit by (then) student Fanny Lazzaro to work on both the small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) beamline at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne and the small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) Beamline at ANSTO in Lucas Heights.

Away from work, I like to … find new places for craft cider and beer. With my husband being a retired wrestler, we also like to catch up with friends at local wrestling shows. The scene is growing fast here in Australia, with a number of stand-out promotions across the country, including Melbourne City Wrestling who we are most involved.

If I could go anywhere, it would be… I would love to see more of Japan. I was fortunate enough to visit Tokyo for a week last January and was completely blown away by how great the place was, including the rich culture and fabulous food.

When listening to the radio, I listen to…  mostly songs from the 80s. I love a good sing along in the car!

2020 World Congress on Oils and Fats (WCOF2020) Conference Workshops

The countdown for the 2020 World Congress on Oils and Fats (WCOF2020) is on so if you haven’t already, register today! The program features some truly fantastic research. We have included a preview of some of the conference workshops below. Learn more about the conference here.

Optimum Frying

Hosted by Christian Gertz and Bertrand Matthaeus

If you are working in or interested in hearing updates from the frying industry, then this is a workshop not to be missed! This workshop is intended for food producers, scientists, commercial laboratories, those involved in marketing, and any consumers. The workshop will present marketing perspectives and regulatory issues, the latest research in frying technologies, and research in new developments that aim to improve overall quality and heat stability of frying oils.

See the full program and workshop details here (PDF)!

Infant Nutrition 

Hosted by the AAOCS and NuMega Ingredients

For those working in infant nutrition research, dietetics, the infant formula industry or any parents out there, this workshop will present the latest perspectives and research conducted in the infant nutrition space. Particular focus areas will include the role of lipids in the manufacturing of infant formula and nutritional implications for infants. The workshop also features presentations on regulatory compliance and current industry standards.

See the full program and workshop details here (PDF)!

Mediterranean Diet Symposium

Hosted by AAOCS, Karen Murphy, Cintia Dias and Catherine Itsiopoulos

This workshop should be on the radar for everyone! Come and hear about the latest research on the Mediterranean diet. This workshop has a particular focus on strategies to implement the diet patterns and culture in Western populations. Any registered nutritionists and dieticians have an additional incentive with the opportunity to include this event in your CPD activity portfolio!

Review the program information here (PDF). 

Olive Masterclass

Hosted by Australian Olive Association (AOA)

This workshop has an informative yet relaxed format. Hear from experts in the olive industry on the most current olive research. Hear about the health benefits of olives and the new Olive Wellness Institute — an independent, evidence-based science repository. The workshop concludes with a technical tasting experience. Join other researchers and industry professionals and learn how to taste and recognize high-quality olive oil.

To learn more, follow the link here (PDF).

Monday, December 16, 2019

Welcome to new Journal of Surfactants and Detergents Editor-in-Chief, Doug Hayes!

Welcome to the new Journal of Surfactants and Detergents Editor-in-Chief, Doug Hayes! Doug is a member of AOCS and a Professor at the University of Tennessee. He has served as an editor for AOCS journals for nearly twenty years and is currently a member-at-large on the AOCS Governing Board. Learn more about him, why he decided to volunteer and what he hopes to accomplish as Editor-in-Chief in the below Q&A.

Provide a brief biography of 250 words or less.
I am a Professor of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT). I also serve as an Adjunct Professor for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UT, a Guest Professor at Wuhan Polytechnic University and Jinan University (Guangzhou, China), and a UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Faculty member. I received a B.S. and Ph.D. at Iowa State University (1986) and University of Michigan (1991), respectively, both in chemical engineering. I served as a Postdoctoral Research Chemist at the USDA/ARS/NCAUR from 1991 to 1994, and as an Assistant and Associate Professor at UAH (Chemical and Materials Engineering, 1991–1994) before joining UT.

I will begin serving as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) in January and currently serve as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. I received the Impact Award (2017) and the John J. and Dorothy G. McDow Faculty Excellence Award (2019) from the UT Institute of Agriculture. I have over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, over 20 book chapters and three co-edited books. My research interests include surfactant self-assembly systems, biobased products, bioplastics and applied enzymology.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a member of a Steering Committee?
My passion for and dedication to serve as EIC of JSD started when I served as Associate Technical Editor (ATE) under EIC Jean Louis-Salager. Jean-Louis exemplified passion to me as an editor and advocate of the journal. He reviewed each and every manuscript before assigning to the ATEs and provided useful comments on his assessment of the manuscript to the ATEs. He worked hard during the Annual Meetings to procure new manuscripts from prospective authors through engagement. In 2014, I served as Chair of the search committee that ultimately hired George Smith as EIC. I learned from this role that JSD has a unique mission in the colloids/interfaces publishing space due to (1) its emphasis on the surfactants themselves (their synthesis, characterization and application), (2) the heavy involvement of the industrial sector in authorship and (3) a deep affiliation with a passionate professional society and dedicated professional staff.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
As EIC, my major goal will be to increase the Impact Factor of JSD to 2.0 or above, in order to be competitive with other journals in the colloids/surfactants space. A secondary goal would be to increase recognition of the technical editors, ATEs and reviewers, who play such a key role in the success of the journal. A third goal would be to enhance, broaden and integrate the JSD editor and reviewer communities.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a father of three children: Tim (Sophomore at UT, studying music education), Phil (Tim's twin, studying Animal Sciences at UT) and Hope (age 14). My wife, Dawn, and I have been married for 23 wonderful years. On the weekend, I like to work outside around our house. I also like to travel and am a history buff.