Monday, February 22, 2021

Spotlight on Francisco Leyva Gutierrez, Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship Award Winner

The Ralph H. Potts Memorial Fellowship recognizes graduate students conducting excellent research related to fatty acids and their derivatives, such as long-chain alcohols, amines and other nitrogen compounds. 

The award is sponsored by Nouryon.

This spotlight will introduce you to Francisco Leyva Gutierrez, the 2021 award winner.

Provide a brief biography.

I am a Southern California native and obtained a B.Sc. Food Science and Technology with a minor in chemistry from the California State Polytechnic University  Pomona.  I worked in the food manufacturing industry as well as United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service  for a combined 3 years. I began my Ph.D. in Food Science in 2018 and I am currently at The University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My current research deals with the synthesis and physical characterization of very-long chain wax compounds from sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis L.) and blueberries (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus). Plant waxes are the primary line of defense against moisture loss as well as physical and biological attack. By studying and learning the properties of these waxes, my aim is to formulate alternative postharvest coatings that enhance the plant's natural defenses.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

Being an active AOCS member has thus far exposed me to new industry and academic connections.

Meet our award winner:

Francisco Leyva Gutierrez will be presenting "Characterization of by-products from commercial cannabidiol ethanol extraction" at the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 3-14, 2021

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