Message from the Chairperson
Spring is late this year in most of North America. Registration for the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montreal is well underway, but as with the arrival of spring, it’s never too late. Online registration is convenient and the registration fees are moderate in comparison to the value that you can gain by attending. The annual meeting from April 28th to May 1st is the best opportunity of 2013 to meet your colleagues, learn about leading research on industrial oil products, and advance your career. Don’t let this opportunity slip away.
The continued enthusiasm for new oil chemistry and new oil-based products will be reflected in the research presentations at our Annual Meeting. Early indications are that several significant new developments will be reported. Of course, new developments are always part of the Annual Meeting, but this year is much more special. Our roundtable discussion and luncheon are on the agenda with a particularly interesting luncheon speaker.
Our current membership stands at just over 190, but there is plenty of room in our division for more members. More involvement by the current members is also encouraged. Invite your friends and colleagues to attend the Annual Meeting. They will find that membership has benefits and annual membership fees are very reasonable compared to the cost of non-member registration for the annual meeting.
New officers will be installed at the Annual Meeting. We have selected a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary-Treasurer for the 2013-2014 year. There will be continued opportunities for involvement in AOCS throughout the coming year. Participation in IOP and AOCS is a great learning experience. Division leaders, contributors to the newsletter, even ideas for activities that “other folks” will be able to implement are always welcome. In our division, as in so many AOCS divisions, there are plenty of opportunities to participate and volunteer.
The IOP Division student award drew a strong set of applicants and the selection process was difficult, but an awardee was selected and will be acknowledged at the luncheon. The ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Award was also a difficult decision for the selection committee, but an awardee has been selected; see the announcement of the division award winners in this newsletter.
See you in Montreal,
IOP Division Awards
The Student Research Award will be awarded to Solmaz Tabtabaei of the University of Toronto. Her research has demonstrated the successful use of 4A Molecular Sieves for dehydrate of miscella as a necessary step in the production of high-purity fatty acid methyl esters.
Junior Researcher Travel Grant
Travel awards will be provided to:
- Dr. Ashok Patel, Research Director, Vandemoortele Centre, University of Gent, Belgium.
- Dr. Zakir Hossain, Research Associate, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Manitoba University, Winnipeg, Canada
The glycerine innovation award will be presented to Dr. Prabhavathi Devi of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, India. Her research has demonstrated the production and utility of catalysts produced from glycerine by thermal processing. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has generously supported this award. We thank them for their support and encouragement of innovative uses of glycerine and, indirectly, of vegetable oils.
IOP Division Technical Program
Dates and times are subject to change. For the most accurate information, see the Annual Meeting webpage, which is updated regularly.
Monday Afternoon, April 29
IOP 1: Alternative Fuels I
Tuesday Morning, April 30
IOP 2: Catalysis
Wednesday Morning, May 1
IOP 4: Biobased Polymers and Lubricants
Wednesday Afternoon, May 1
IOP 5: Oleochemicals