International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Oil Chemistry and Its Effects on Our Daily Lives

Activity by Jeffry Newman   |   added on Feb 13, 2010   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society)

In conjunction with its 101st Annual Meeting & Expo, AOCS will bring Monsanto’s Crop Analytics Mobile Laboratory (CAML) to Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Thursday, May 13, 2010. The chemistry classes for secondary students will visit the laboratory to see real-life laboratory applications and to learn about oil chem

AOCS is a global professional scientific society for all individuals and corporations with interest in the fats, oils, surfactants, detergents, and related materials fields.  For the past 100 years, the role of AOCS in the fats and oils industries has been to promote the science and technology of lipids through harmonized analytical methods, proficiency testing, peer-reviewed technical publishing, and providing venues for technical discussions and educational opportunities. Today, AOCS is a global partner in the science and technology industry, with over 4,500 members throughout 90 countries.


As part of our mission, we aim to inform the public about how oil chemistry plays an instrumental role in our daily lives.  Additionally, we are keen to help students understand the career opportunities available in a variety of oil chemistry disciplines.


AOCS will hold its 101st Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, May 16-20, 2010, with nearly 2,000 delegates expected to attend.  As part of the meeting’s educational component, AOCS and Monsanto Crop Sciences have teamed up to demonstrate Monsanto’s Crop Analytics Mobile Laboratory (CAML), a powerful and versatile mobile laboratory. AOCS and Monsanto will host tours of the CAML during exhibition hours and special demonstrations of AOCS Methods during lunch breaks.  The CAML consists of a small semi-trailer outfitted with a fast gas chromatography system that determines a-linolenic acid levels in soybeans, as well as a near-infrared spectroscope (NIR). It is equipped to be fully self-sufficient with a diesel generator, climate control, fume hood, eyewash, NIT (near-infrared transmittance) instrument, and gas generators for the GC system. The fast GC technology is a Monsanto innovation that provides a full fatty acid profile on grain or oil in less than 10 minutes.


Since the CAML already was committed to be in Phoenix for the AOCS meeting, it afforded AOCS and Monsanto the opportunity to take it to an area high school as a means to allow students to view a working scientific laboratory and to preview real applications.  The Phoenix School District has granted permission for the CAML to be available on Central High School grounds on Thursday, May 13, 2010.  Six chemistry classes will participate in the program.  In addition to touring the laboratory, AOCS Technical Service Department personnel will lecture students about oil chemistry in general terms and will discuss its direct applications for biorenewable fuels, an issue which is widely addressed in the U.S. consumer press and one with which the students will be familiar.  Our goal is to demonstrate how the sciences have direct correlation to all of our daily lives.  Following the lecture, ample time will be provided for questions and answers.


On Friday, May 14, 2010, the CAML will move to the Phoenix Convention Center to be available for demonstrations to attendees of the AOCS 101st Annual Meeting & Expo.  Local citizens will be invited to preview the laboratory and learn about oil chemistry.  Through the FAA organization, a special invitation will be extended to Future Farmers of America members.


AOCS believes the above activities clearly address the major goals established for The International Year of Chemistry:

            ● Improve the understanding and appreciation of chemistry by the public

            ● Promote the role of chemistry in contributing to solutions to global challenges

● Build capacity by engaging young people with scientific disciplines, especially the

       scientific method of analysis developed by hypothesis, experiment, analysis

       and conclusions.




Topic: laboratory demonstration, methods of analysis, oil chemistry Audience: research scientists, chemical engineers, farmers, secondary school students


Albert Ahatov | Apr 16, 2010 08:11AM

how is it possible f\to apply for this event?

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