World achievement again achieved by the nation's pride. This time came from agriculture campus in Kota Hujan, Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), Dr.-Ing. Azis Boing Sitanggang, lecturer of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agricultural Technology. Dr.-Ing. Azis was elected as seven Young Scientist finalists in food science and technology and the final event will be held by International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) at World Congress of Food Science and Technology, Mumbai-India on 23-27 October 2018. IUFoST is a scientific organization global for food science and technology. IUFoST consists of more than 65 countries involving more than 300 thousand food technology experts around the world.
Dr.-Ing. Azis revealed, in this nomination there are some provisions, which are the age of candidates less than 35 years and shows the ability to become a superior researcher in the field of food science and technology. Candidates should also include an abstract presentation at the congress. Candidates must be nominated by their country through IUFoST Adhering Bodies. On the third point, the lecturer who completed his doctoral degree at TU Berlin in chemical and process engineering is recommended by Prof. Purwiyatno Hariyadi (Vice Chair of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) 2017-2019) and Prof. M. Aman Wirakartakusumah (Rector of IPB period, 1998-2002). Both of them are the Academic Fellow of IUFoST.
For his presentation in Mumbai later, he already prepared a research innovation. He will convey a topic related to the production of lactulose compounds or prebiotic substances in which production is catalyzed by enzymes. The reaction is carried out in a membrane reactor equipped with an automatic control system. "The reactor itself can be utilized almost in all water-based enzymatic reactions". The advantage of this enzymatic membrane reactor (RME) is a small size with a total volume of 92 milliliters, so its use in process development becomes highly efficient, continuous, and process parameters can be controlled, monitored and stored in a computer system. Related to prebiotics, lactulose production has been using (metal) catalyst, so in the separation process it becomes complex and has an impact on the environment. "Taking into account the shortcomings of the (metal) catalyst reaction, then the potential for membrane use in enzymatic synthesis, both of these have led me to develop RME. This is what I will present, "said Dr.-Ing. Azis.
With this opportunity he wants to show to the world that Indonesia is able to contribute positively and able to develop technology, especially in the field of food science and technology. (jhn)