Samuel Cate Prescott Award: Qixin Zhong
$3,000 honorarium and a plaque from IFT
, Associate Professor of Food Biophysics and Nanotechnology, Dept. of Food Science, University of Tennessee, received the 2012 Samuel Cate Prescott Award for outstanding work in food science research.
Zhong's research is focused on the application of biophysics and nanotechnology for developing solutions for the food industry. His overall research goal is to discover physically inspired materials and processes for improved food safety, quality, and healthfulness through the creation of nanoscale materials and the understanding of material properties at the nanoscale. His specific research projects focus on delivery systems for bioactive food components, functional nanomaterials, and interfacial engineering. Additionally, Zhong has contributed to the establishment and growth of the university's Food Biopolymers Research Group, which centers on food biophysics and nanotechnology as they are related to food biopolymers.