December 2014: The year in which the global political stability has dramatically changed
Contents13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
Florence: The Ponte Vecchio
EJLST: Highlights December
DGF: Practical Short Course: Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry
The year 2014 has been the year in which the global political stability has dramatically changed.
One year ago, the Syrian civil war was a local disaster. Now, one year later, the new aggressive self nominated state IS is established and has expanded its terror to Iraq.
The Ukrainian conflict started with violent demonstrations in Kiev and resulted in a civil war with involvement of Russia and a return of the cold war relationship between “East” and “West”. Also innocent citizens of the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and other countries became victim of this war.
The parties involved in these conflicts have their own laws and rules without taking notice of the international agreements like the Geneva conventions. Nationalism seems to win from solidarity.
As federation of European country organizations, Euro Fed Lipid is aiming to create progress in lipid research and development by bringing people together. Fortunately, in 2014 our organization was very successful in grouping lipid scientist and technologists from inside but also from outside Europe. The congress in Montpellier, France, attracted 900 participants from 70 countries. It was not only this record number of participants, but also the high quality of presentations and posters and the professional organization which made this event an example of international co-operation. We were lucky that this event took place one week before Montpellier was seriously flooded, although we had some travel problems due to the Air France pilots strike.
I sincerely hope that we will not get infected by the virus of separation and that we can continue to build a truly international organization supporting co-operation in lipid research and development and contributing to international agreements to guarantee health, safety and quality of our products.
With my very best personal wishes to all of you for a safe year-end and a positive start in 2015.
13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
"Fats, Oils and Lipids: New Challenges in Technology, Quality Control and Health"
27-30 September 2015, Florence, Italy
The scientific committee has started to accept abstracts for oral communications (20 min incl. discussion) and poster presentations. You are cordially invited to submit your abstract on the congress webpage.
Deadline for Lectures is 26 February 2015
-Analytics, Authenticity, Lipidomics
-Lipids in Animal Science
-Health and Nutrition
-Microbial and Algae Lipids
-Oil Seeds, Plant Breeding and Plant Lipids
-Processing and Sustainability
New Sponsors this month:
The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge") is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.
The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point.The Roman piers were of stone, the superstructure of wood. The bridge first appears in a document of 996.After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers, as noted by Giovanni Villani in his Nuova Cronica. It was rebuilt in 1345.
To enforce the prestige of the bridge, in 1593 the Medici Grand Dukes prohibited butchers from selling there; their place was immediately taken by several gold merchants. The corporative association of butchers had monopolised the shops on the bridge since 1442.
It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a money-changer could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table; possibly it can come from "banca rotta" which means "broken bank"). Not having a table anymore, the merchant was not able to sell anything.
Pictures: Wikepedia, Clayton Tang and Serseydc
A simple method for the separation and quantification of neutral lipid species using GC-MS
Anna Borrull and colleagues developed a simple gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the determination of neutral lipids in yeast. The new method enables analysis of molecular species of diacylglycerols, triacylglycerols, and sterol esters. With a classic lipid extraction, samples can be injected directly into the GC-MS without any previous derivatization procedure, and the method can be easily adapted to other biological samples.
Tocopherol and tocotrienol homologs in parenteral lipid emulsions [OnlineOpen article]
Zhidong Xu and colleagues present a quantitative method to determine levels of vitamin E homologs in various lipid emulsions, and report concentrations measured in soybean oil-based (Intralipid®, Ivelip®, Lipofundin® N, Liposyn® III, and Liposyn® II), medium- and long-chain fatty acid-based (Lipofundin® , MCT and Structolipid®), olive oil-based (ClinOleic®), fish oil-based (Omegaven®) and mixture of these oils-based (SMOFlipid®, Lipidem®) commercial parenteral lipid emulsions. This information will be useful for selecting appropriate lipid emulsions for patients including those hospitalized and critically ill. Some emulsions may require vitamin E supplementation in order to meet minimal human requirements.
Omega-3 and children's brains
In her Feature article, Alex Richardson presents the results of the DHA Oxford Learning and Behaviour (DOLAB) study. Previous studies have shown benefits from dietary supplementation with long-chain omega-3 in children with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder; DOLAB findings indicate that DHA supplementation may be a simple and effective way to improve reading and behaviour also in healthy but underperforming children.
Improved synthesis of isostearic acid using zeolite catalysts
Isostearic acids are branched-chain fatty acids that are nontoxic and biodegradable and are used in cosmetics because of their superior moisturizing properties, but can also be applied in coatings, lubricants and hydraulic fluids. Unfortunately, they are not widely utilized in industry because of the high cost. In a Feature article, Helen Ngo describes an efficient and cost effective zeolite-based method with a unique surface blocking technique for the production of isostearic acid.
Pictures: Ejlst, Fotolia, Marsykes, Anatoly Maslennikov
DGF-Practical Short Course
Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry
28-29 March 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany
Fats and oils have ever been the most important renewable resources for the chemical industry. The short course will show the state of the art in and introduce in actual developments in oleochemistry. The topics range from plant breeding and oil processing to biochemical and chemical transformations to various groups of products like detergents and polymers. Also included is the utilization of glycerol and the present state and perspectives of biodiesel. Ample time for discussion will be used for the elucidation of future trends, bottlenecks and individual questions and ideas of the participants.
Fats and oils as renewable resources are daily business in a lot of chemical companies and their future potential is even bigger. However, oleochemistry is rarely treated adequately in university courses in chemistry, chemical engineering or biotechnology. Therefore, the short course aims especially at chemists and other scientists who encounter oleochemistry for the first time in their career. It is also well suited for scientists in governmental or research institutions and for post graduates, who want to enhance their knowledge of fats and oils as renewable resources for the chemical industry.
Information and Registration
Euro Fed Lipid e.V.
P.O. Box 90 04 40, 60444 Frankfurt/Main
Phone: +49 69 79 17 -345, Fax -564
Amtsgericht Frankfurt, Vereinsregister VR 12887
Managing Director: Dr. Frank Amoneit
This newsletter is sent out monthly to members and friends of the European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids.
To unsubscribe or to change your E-Mail address please inform the headquarters