News Briefs, July-August 2019

August 30, 2018

Bill Colonna, CCUR assistant scientist, (center) gives a demonstration on how to use the 50-L fermentor during the Introduction to Fermentation Workshop.
Bill Colonna, CCUR assistant scientist, (center) gives a demonstration on how to use the 50-L fermentor during the Introduction to Fermentation Workshop.

Introduction to Fermentation Workshop held at CCUR

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) hosted a two-day Introduction to Fermentation Workshop July 11-12 at Iowa State University. Fifteen participants attended the event. The workshop included lectures from Anthony Pometto, professor of food, nutrition and packaging sciences at Clemson University, and Kevin Keener, professor of food science and human nutrition (FSHN) at ISU. The lectures covered the basics of fermentation including equipment and instrumentation, fermentation regulations, downstream processing and scaling up fermentation processes. 

Attendees took part in four hands-on lab activities using bench- and pilot-scale equipment in CCUR's Fermentation Facility, Wet Processing Pilot Plant and Analytical Lab. The labs were led by Bill Colonna, CCUR assistant scientist, Steve Fox, CCUR senior research technician; NN Misra, CCUR postdoctoral research associate; and Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager. Attendees also toured the BioCentury Research Farm to learn about biochemical processing research happening at ISU and to check out the large pilot-scale fermentation equipment. The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and Eppendorf.

Food scientists receive patent for technology using soybean oil

Tong Wang, professor of FSHN and CCUR affiliate, and Tao Fei, a FSHN post-doctoral research associate, have received a patent for developing a technology to make paraffin-like materials from soybean oil for coating applications – “Fatty Acid Ester-Based Wax Compositions and Methods of Making Thereof.” Papers and paperboards coated with the material can become recyclable and repulpable, addressing environmental and landfill problems. They are exploring other applications as well. Their research was funded by the United Soybean Board. 

Maier elected Fellow of the ASABE

Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and CCUR affiliate, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). He was inducted in a ceremony held at the 2018 ASABE annual international conference in Detroit. Read more.

Hurburgh wins award for contributions to grain processing

Mitchell LaFrance, College of Engineering News

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering department and CCUR affiliate, was recently awarded the Stanley Watson Award. Established in 2001, the Stanley Watson Award is named in honor of an early corn wet-milling pioneer who started his research at the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) during the early 1940s. The award will be presented in November 2019. 

The award recognizes outstanding American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) members who, through the application of engineering principles, have made significant contributions in the area of cereal/grain processing. Hurburgh’s research focus is in grain quality, marketing and distribution, instrumentation, quality management systems and food chain traceability.