Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Extraction of carotenoids from processed corn oil"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Food processing, and chemistry; Life Science
Project Description:
Carotenoids are useful as supplements and colorants and for oil based food products and animal feeds. In addition, carotenoids are fat-soluble micro constituents which have beneficial effects to human health, including protection against cancer, cardiovascular diseases and macular degeneration of the eye. Using a patented technology to process corn kernel, the oil can be extracted which contains high level of carotenoids. The objective of this research is extraction of carotenoids from the corn oil extracted from corn kernel by different processing conditions.
Expected Student Contributions:
1.Understanding the research project 2.Read the references and write a summary 3.Learn and execute the experiment following the procedures 4.Summary the experiment results and write a report
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Desired Qualifications:
1.The student should spend approximately 6 hours per week to this project. 2.GPA above 3.4, strong interest and commitment towards basic and applied research is required. 3.It is even better if the student wish to be a graduate student after finish his/her undergraduate study.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Xu, Qin
food science

Student Supervisor

Qin Xu
Research Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Mario Ferriuzzi