Congratulations to George John for winning the Edible Application Technology Division Outstanding Achievement Award.
The Edible Applications Technology Division Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a scientist, technologist or leader who has made significant contributions to the Division’s area of interest or to the advancement of edible oils.
This spotlight will help you get to know Dr. John, including his current research and how AOCS has helped develop his career.
Can you tell us about current research?
Current research thrusts are primarily on (i) amphiphilic molecules and surfactants from biomass and their assembled soft materials and its phase behavior; (ii) oleogel technology for next-generation trans-fat alternatives, and the chemistry of biobased oil structuring agents. Multiple industries have shown keen interest and supported our research through grant funding.
What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?
It was a pleasant surprise. I am very honored to receive the AOCS 2021 Edible Applications Technology Division Outstanding Achievement Award. I sincerely thank AOCS and the Award committee for selecting me for this special recognition. I also take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Alejandro G. Marangoni for his benevolence to nominate me for this prestigious recognition, and other distinguished scientists offering support to my nomination.
How has AOCS helped develop your career?
AOCS has been a constant support over the years, both for my professional career and personal growth through peer meetings and conferences. Furthermore, it is a great avenue for my students to participate in their annual meetings on a regular basis. As a result, they have won the best poster and oral presentation awards on multiple occasions. These instances have surely furthered the enthusiasm, confidence and positive attitude towards our work and research. Moreover, AOCS's INFORM magazine provided opportunities and a platform to present our research on oleogel technology via technical articles and highlights. In summary, AOCS positively influenced our research and is truly appreciated.
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