Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Ultrasound-assisted extraction of phenolic compounds from walnut shells"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Plant science, chemistry, food science
Project Description:
Walnut shell is a low value product or a waste generated in the walnut harvest, which contain natural compounds with antioxidant, antimicrobial properties. In this work, the use of ultrasound to extract phenolic compounds from walnut shells should be evaluated. The effect of the solvent, treating time, temperature on the yield of total phenolic compounds will be studied.
Expected Student Contributions:
1. Understanding the research project and read some reference 2. Execute the experiments following procedures under the supervision 3. Summary the experimental 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 3.5, 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
department of food science

Student Supervisor

Qin Xu
Research assistant professor

Cooperating Faculty

Professor Qingyou Han
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Dr. Milan Rakita
Mechanical Engineering Technology