Food Chemistry division

Food Chemistry Division

Join the Food Chemistry Division group where we explore and discuss the composition and properties of food and food ingredients, and the chemical, physical, and biological changes in food constituents as a result of preparation, processing, and storage.

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Noteworthy Programs

IFT Food Chemistry Open Mic

This is a new community event where students and professionals get a platform to present their early-stage research virtually with the IFT community. The goals of this initiative are to improve presentation skills, receive feedback on research, and network with members in the science of food community. The first Open Mic Night will be held on April 25, 2023, at 7pm central time.

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Fun Fact: Potatoes can absorb and reflect Wi-Fi signals

When a team at Boeing wanted to test out its wireless signal on new planes in 2012, they could not ask humans to sit motionless for days while they conducted experiments. Thus, they replaced humans with piles of potatoes, by placing giant piles of potatoes on seats. Because of their high-water content and chemical makeup, potatoes absorb and reflect radio and wireless signals just like humans do.

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Food Chemistry Division Graduate Student Research Competition

Come join us and support our fellow, uprising Food Chemistry students who will present their graduate research projects for the IFT Food Chemistry Division Graduate Research Oral Competition! You will hear some of the most exciting work in Food Chemistry by up to 6 graduate students pre-selected from a pool of applicants for IFT FIRST. Each finalist will have 12 minutes to present their research, followed by a 3-min Q&A. What’s more? This event will take place virtually (before the onsite IFT FIRST event), and will be open to all IFT FIRST attendees, so there is no need to travel far to attend!

Specific details such as date/time, access instructions, and finalists will be shared via IFT Connect as soon as we find out. So, keep your eyes out for further information in the coming weeks! We look forward to seeing you at this virtual event!

Division Accomplishments/Recognition

  • Outstanding Volunteer - The Outstanding Volunteer award honors a current Division member who provided exemplary volunteer work to the Division in the current year. The 2021-2022 recipient is Suzanne Johanningsmeier, Research Food Technologists and Associate Professor, USDA ARS.
  • Outstanding Service - The Outstanding Service award honors current Division members who have demonstrated a history of service to the Division or field. The 2021-2022 recipient is Jiajia Rao, Associate Profession, Deparment of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University

Division Oral Competition Finalists

  1. Formation Efficiency and Color Performance of Pyranoanthocyanins Derived from Anthocyanins and 3-Deoxyanthocyanins, Lu Xun, The Ohio State University (First Place)
  2. Synergistic functionality of transglutaminase and protease on rheology, tribology, and sensory perception of fermentation-induced pea protein gels, Yufeng Lin, North Carolina State University (Second Place)
  3. Encapsulation of hop (Humulus lupulus L.) essential oil for controlled release in non-alcoholic beverage applications, Xueqian Su, Virginia Tech (Third Place)
  4. Understanding the interactions between phenolic acids and starches, Adrian Samuel D’costa, University of Ottowa (Finalist)
  5. The effect of protein isolate and hydrolysate of mealworm larvae (Tenebrio molitor) on the rheological characteristics of tofu, Eunyoung Oh, Korea University
  6. Examining polyphenols to reduce off-flavors associated with protein-rich plant ingredients, Vanessa Soendjaja, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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