Marcel Locin Research Prize: Wade Yang
$50,000 paid in two annual installments and a plaque
Weihua Wade Yang
, Assistant Professor, Food Processing & Engineering, University of Florida, has received the 2012 Marcel Locin Research Prize, which provides research funding to a scientist or engineer conducting basic chemistry, physics, or engineering research applied to food processing and the improvement of food quality.
Yang's proposed research will focus on developing pulsed ultraviolet light technology for producing hypoallergenic peanut butter. The successful completion of this multi-disciplinary project, which is supported by the food industry (Kellogg's) and government organizations (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service-Southern Regional Research Center), will yield technology for producing allergenic peanut butter as well as to generate optimal processing conditions for future scale-up.