We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lu-Kwang Ju is the recipient of the 2022 Biotechnology Division Ching Hou Biotechnology Award. This award recognizes a scientist, technologist or leader who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the Division’s area of interest.
Dr. Ju will co-chair the session "Biocatalysis — Enzyme Processing" in the Biotechnology technical program with Dr. Jun Ogawa at the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.
About Lu-Kwang Ju
Dr. Ju is the Distinguished Professor of Chemical, Biomolecular, and Corrosion Engineering at The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, where he served as department chair for 9 years. Dr. Ju is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He holds a B.S. from National Taiwan University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, all in chemical engineering.
Dr. Ju has been an AOCS member since 2006 and has served in multiple volunteer roles, including session chair; award committee member; Biotechnology Division newsletter editor, secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair; and an AOCS liaison for the 2022 JOCS-AOCS Joint Meeting.
His research interests include developing and studying biological processes and systems that use microorganisms and enzymes to make bioproducts and/or improve sustainability and environmental friendliness. His group currently works on (1) enzyme-based soy processing, (2) phagotrophic algae platform for waste treatment and conversion to algal lipid, (3) biosurfactant production and application, and (4) biobased self-healing materials.