AOCS Continuing Education Program

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Learn from experts and advance your career with on-demand training, designed to fit into your busy schedule. On-demand access includes access to recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

Beyond Triglycerides: Applications for Unique Plant-based Lipids in Personal Care

This course is a collaboration with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC).

This informative course focuses on non-triglyceride plant-lipids and their uses in personal care products. Content is divided into three lectures, each lasting two hours, to better fit your busy workday. The lectures examine the chemical properties of lipid components including tocopherols, sterols, triterpenes, phenols, phospholipids, ceramides, sphingolipids, galactolipids, and waxes. The course also explores how the different functional groups of these components produce their chemical properties, and, in turn, how those chemical properties can be used to produce specific product performance characteristics.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Fundamentals of Spectroscopy in the Analysis of Fats and Oils

This online training course focuses on the value of spectroscopy in the analysis of fats and oils. This course will demystify the physics and science of common spectroscopic techniques including Raman, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and near-infrared (NIR). Attendees will develop a firm foundational understanding of spectroscopic techniques and how these methods can be applied for better lipid analysis.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Statistical Design of Experiments Training for Journal Editors, Reviewers, and Authors

Design of experiments (DOE) is a useful data collection and analysis tool that can be used in a wide variety of experiments. A DOE is often a critical part of research papers submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals; it shows the author’s experimental analysis method and allows editors and reviewers to validate the experiment’s outcomes.

This free, two-hour course offers statistical design of experiments training intended to provide a basic level of understanding of DOE concepts so that all parties will have a better idea of good design and analysis practices. After defining the key aspects of designs and the resultant analyses, examples of DOE in several papers are discussed.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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High Oleic Oils: Development, properties, and uses

Based on the industry-leading book by the same title, this online high oleic oils course will address practical applications of this new and dynamic category of fats and oils that are essentially replacing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in various food and nonfood uses.

The course provides an overview of several common types of high oleic oils, their composition, nutritional value, and applications in consumer and industrial products. Course participants can also purchase the High Oleic Oils: Development, Properties and Uses eBook at a 50% discount as part of their course registration.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Chocolate Science and Processing: An applied perspective on how to process chocolate from bean to bar

This course is a collaboration with the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association (PMCA).

Learn at your own pace from Dr. Silvana Martini and Steve Bernet. This course discusses the process and science of chocolate manufacturing from bean to bar. The course includes three recorded lectures and hands-on demonstrations performed at the Aggie Chocolate Factory at Utah State University. Registrants will gain a basic understanding of the process of making chocolate focusing on tips and troubleshooting.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Design of Lamellar Gel Network Emulsions for Personal Care and Cosmetics Application

Learn at your own pace from Ricardo Diez, Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, USA.

This course will provide a detailed overview of the science and technology of these commercially important materials. The course will highlight the lamellar gel network (LGN) model developed by our course instructor Ricardo Diez and demonstrate its use to design key aspects of cosmetic and personal care emulsions, from sensorial properties to stability and scale-up, as well as delivery of actives.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Lipids in Personal Care and Cosmetics

Learn at your own pace from Benjamin Schwartz, Senior Personal Care Application Specialist, AAK USA Inc.

This course provides a detailed look into the roles that plant-based lipids play in personal care and cosmetic formulations. Benjamin Schwartz, Senior Personal Care Application Specialist, AAK USA Inc. highlights how the structure of fatty acids found in plant-based lipids, and more importantly the triglycerides and wax esters that contain them, determine the interdependent properties of oxidative stability, compatibility, solid fat content, and crystallization types of various oils, fats, and waxes. Take this course to learn how these properties can inform choices of oils, fats, waxes, and their derivatives within different personal care and cosmetic products, including anhydrous and emulsion-based products.

Registered attendees can access recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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