Friday, June 11, 2021

Welcome to our newest AOCS members!

AOCS would like to welcome the 35 new active members and 8 students who joined our community in the month of May. These new members showcase the global presence of the AOCS community.

New active members represent 21 companies spread across 10 countries, including Brazil, South Africa, Qatar, and Australia. In addition, new active members from academia represent Delaware State University and San Jose State University, USA; Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands; and University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

New student members represent 7 universities, including Dalhousie University, Canada; Ghent University, Belgium; and Ohio State University, USA.

In addition, new student members include Maria Scharfe (Technical University Berlin, Germany), who was awarded the Edible Applications Technology Division Student Award in 2020. Subscribe to the AOCS email list to be notified when nominations for 2022 AOCS Student Awards open next month.

Thank you to the following AOCS members who brought their colleagues into AOCS via the refer-a-friend program:

  • Roberto Armenta, Mara Renewables Corporation
  • Filip Van Bockstaele, Ghent University
  • Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan
  • Keshun Liu, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
  • Todd Underiner, Procter & Gamble

Recruiters earn a US $20 gift card for each member they recruit up to US $100 each year. Learn how to recruit AOCS members and earn recognition for your efforts to help AOCS grow across the world.

View the full list of new members in the AOCS Premium Content Library (only available to AOCS members) and say “Hi!” on the inform|connect Open Forum or email Janet Brown, Director of Membership, for member contact details. Joining the Open Forum is free for non-members.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Celebrating SGS Peru Lab - AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) award winners

AOCS is proud to recognize the top performers of the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP). Congratulations to LPP Award winners at the SGS Laboratory in Peru.  LPP Award Winners are among the top 10% of analysts in their field. We commend them for their dedication to conducting rigorous analyses in the lab.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. They are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, they operate a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

The fishmeal and fish oil work team at SGS Peru have participated in the LPP fish meal and the marine oil series over several years, and are 2021 award winners in these series. 

The fishmeal and fish oil work team at SGS Peru, LPP Award winners

"LPP is very important in our services related to fishmeal and fish oil, because it allows us to ensure the validity of our results and evaluate the performance of our laboratory," says Eladio Muñoz, Laboratory Supervisor at SGS, Peru.  

Learn more about the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP).

Monday, June 7, 2021

Did you know that the AOCS LPP (Laboratory Proficiency Program) has a Palm Oil series?

The AOCS LPP (Laboratory Proficiency Program) provides an opportunity for laboratories to demonstrate their proficiency assessing critical measures of palm oil quality by participating in the world's most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing program.

Superior performance in the AOCS LPP provides assurance to your stakeholders, customers and regulators – and gains you the international recognition that you deserve.

Series Palm Oil is available for the October 1 (2nd quarter) and January 1 (3rd quarter) start dates. Enrollment for the 2021-2022 LPP year has opened.

Palm oil samples are sent from Kuala Lumpur. Laboratories participating in this LPP series carry out tests including assessment of Cloud Point, Free Fatty Acids, Iodine Value, Lovibond Color, Slip Melting Point (optional), and Solid Fat Content. MPOB (Malaysian Palm Oil Board) methods are strongly encouraged to reduce interlaboratory variations in results. AOCS methods are recommended for Iodine Value (Cd 1d-92) and Solid Fat Content (Cd 16b-93 or Cd 16-81).

Analysts who participate in both quarters of the series can apply to be an Approved Chemist. Approval is earned by superior performance during the previous LPP year. Labs with Approved Chemists for the 2020-2021 Palm Oil series include: Amspec LLC., Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratory Inc., Grupo Agroindustrial Numar S.A., Indelab SDN BHD, Intertek Agri Services Ukraine, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Thionville Laboratories LLC.

Labs with Approved Chemists are featured in the AOCS Recommended Lab Directory. 

Learn more about the Approved Chemist Program.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Dawn Shepard, Laboratory Proficiency Program Manager at

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Celebrating Jorge L. Muriel Mundo, AOCS Honored Student

We are delighted to announce that Jorge L. Muriel Mundo is one of the recipients of the 2021 AOCS Honored Students Award. The Honored Student Award encourages and recognizes graduate students doing research in the fields of lipid chemistry and greater interests in the Society. The award is sponsored by the  the AOCS Foundation.

Jorge Muriel is a Ph.D. Candidate, in the Food Science Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received his bachelor's degree from UAGM University in Puerto Rico. He joined Dr. David Julian McClements research-group on fall 2017 and is currently working on finding ways to retarding lipid oxidation from lipophilic bioactive agents (e.g., β-carotene, soybean oil, curcumin etc.) within the application of food-grade biopolymers for nanotechnology approaches such as emulsion membrane-surfaces laminating coating and/or polyelectrolyte complexes. He has received academic awards including the UMass Alumni Graduate Fellowship, UMass-STEM Dissertation Fellowship, the New England IFT Robert Kluter Award for Service Scholarship, and the NSF-NRT Soft Material for Life Science Fellowship. 

He has authored and co-authored18 research articles in peer-reviewed journals with the citation of 120. He is currently serving as the UMass food science department GSO-President.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My research is focused on laminated coating engineering on emulsion surfaces-membranes to manipulate physiochemical functionalities. The systems I study consist of stabilizing labile hydrophobic bioactive compounds (such as β-carotene, curcumin, etc.). I use nanotechnology-inspired approaches that involve forming multilayer laminated coatings around nanosized oil droplets using natural biopolymers, such as polypeptides and dietary fibers. The results of this research should lead to the development of innovative approaches to stabilize vitamins, nutraceuticals, and healthy oils in emulsion-based foods using commercially viable approaches.

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?

At first, I did not believe it. But then, after some moments of retrospection, I  sent an email to Dr. McClements (my advisor) to share the great news. Dr. McClement's amazing guidance has been fundamental for my research success and thereby, for me to obtain this amazing recognition. For this reason, I felt that he was the first one to hear the great news.

Congratulations Jorge Muriel!

The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products

 The 2021 The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products has been awarded to Juxing Chen, Karen Wedekind, Jeffery Escobar and Mercedes Vazquez-Añón from Novus International Inc., St. Charles, MO, USA for their 2020 JAOCS paper: Trypsin Inhibitor and Urease Activity of Soybean Meal Products from Different Countries and Impact of Trypsin Inhibitor on Ileal Amino Acid Digestibility in Pig. 

Trypsin inhibitor (TI) and urease activity (UA) are the most relevant quality aspects of soybean meal (SBM) for monogastric animals. This study’s objective was to determine the levels of TI and UA in SBM collected from feed mills in different countries, whether TI and UA are correlated since they are both heat-labile, and impact of TI on pig ileal amino acid digestibility. Read more in JAOCS

Lead author, Dr. Juxing Chen is the senior manager of structure and function biology at Novus. In this role, she develops animal models and biological assays to thoroughly investigate industry challenges and develop potential solutions with new or existing Novus products. She collaborates with a variety of internal and partner research scientists and provides input on experimental design, structural and functional understanding of experimental animal models, and the mode of action of feed additives in poultry, swine and ruminants. Since joining Novus in 2012 Dr. Chen's research has included maternal feeding/epigenetic modification, feed ingredient quality, gut health, structural integrity, and meat quality. She oversees the group to provide cellular, molecular, biological and historical assays for internal research scientists, external collaborators and customers.   

Dr. Chen's research at Novus has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed articles in well-known scientific journals, such as Scientific Reports, Poultry Science, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Journal of Animal Science, AOCS etc. She has published a book on Nutrition of hyperprolific sow book, and presented at given numerous presentations at scientific meetings such as the Poultry Science Association annual meeting, International Poultry Scientific Forum, World Poultry Congress, Gut Health Symposium, and Feed Navigator etc.  Previously, Dr. Chen lectured at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. In 2005, she joined the Cell and Developmental Biology department at Oregon Health and Science University as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate, gained very extensive and solid experience in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and immunology, and published 11 peer-reviewed articles.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My research focus on the following aspect:  1)Maternal feeding mainly focuses on delineating the mode of action of maternal supplementation of organic trace minerals on growth and development of progeny in poultry, swine and ruminant  2)Feed ingredient soybean meal quality control including trypsin inhibitor  3)Effect of eubiotics and minerals in gut health and immunity in broilers  4)Effect of trace minerals and antioxidants on meat quality in broilers.

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award?

I was very surprised!

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

AOCS is a great platform providing the support network for those involved with the science and technology related to oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, and related materials. I learned a lot about SBM quality control from AOCS and my publication enhanced my expertise in  SBM quality control and increased my opportunity to interact with potential external collaborators.

Congratulations to  Dr. Juxing Chen and her co-authors!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Industry experts offer insights for building a rewarding career

Industry experts offer insights for building a rewarding career at the next AOCS Midweek Mixer, Tuesday, June 22 starting at 12:00 noon CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5).

Early-career, mid-career or late-career, wherever you are in your career, take the time to think about your current opportunities for career advancement and satisfaction.  Gain insights from our energetic and enthusiastic panelists  – particularly if you are considering a new job or career change. Attend to learn, get your questions answered and make some new connections during this interactive and informal Midweek Mixer.

This event is open to the whole community. Register and attend for free

Starting on Monday: Lipids in Personal Care and Cosmetics.

The structure of fatty acids, and more importantly of the triglycerides and wax esters that contain them, determines stability, compatibility and product performance. The Lipids in Personal Care and Cosmetics course provides a detailed analysis the roles that plant-based lipids play in personal care and cosmetic formulations, a guide to materials selection for a range of applications areas including anhydrous and emulsion-based products, and a review of potential therapeutic benefits. Completion of the entire course will be recognized with a AOCS Continuing Education Certificate. 

Live Broadcast Schedule:

Monday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)
Wednesday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon CDT Chicago, USA; UTC-5)
Friday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Our Instructor:

Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Benjamin Schwartz began his career in Personal Care as a lab technician for The Estee Lauder Companies. After a move to the west coast, he spent 12 years as an R&D Chemist, and then Manager, for contract manufacturer Columbia Cosmetics. Through this experience, he has gained an intimate knowledge of personal care chemistry and formulations. Now having joined AAK, a global vegetable oil manufacturer, he brings this knowledge and insight to the world of plant-based lipids and their applications for personal care and cosmetics.

Learn more, pass on this information to your colleagues, and register today!