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Journal of Agricultural an Food Chemistry | 2017 Article of the Year Award Lectureship

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) and the ACS Divisions of Agrochemicals (AGRO) and Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD) are proud to present the winners of the Research Article of the Year Award Lectureship:

Dr. Wan Chan

Dr. Nikola M. Pavlović

Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Research Article of the Year Award Lectureship is presented to two outstanding articles that demonstrate creativity and impact on agricultural and food chemistry as a whole.

The awards will be presented at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. Each award consists of a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and up to $1,250 in travel expenses to the ACS National Meeting. Each recipient will give an invited talk in an awards symposium.

Dr. Wan Chan received his PhD from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. After conducting his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Chan has a long-standing interest in food and chemical toxicology studies. Since his PhD studies, he has been applying state-of-the-art LC–MS techniques for drug metabolism and DNA adducts studies. Currently, his research group focuses on developing new analytical methods to identify and quantitate food-borne toxicants. He also studies how these toxins interact with biological macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA and protein, to inflict ill health on consumers.

Dr. Nikola M. Pavlović graduated from the Medical Faculty, University of Nis, Serbia in 1974, earned his Specialist in Internal Medicine in 1982, and his PhD of Medical Sciences in 1986. Since 1988 he has been an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Nis. Dr. Pavlović’s research focuses on renal bone disease, the role of lipids in the initiation and the progression of renal diseases, and the role of environmental factors (e.g., aristolochic acids and PAHs) in the etiology of renal diseases and attendant upper urothelial cancers. He has a long-standing interest in the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of Balkan Endemic Nephropathy.

Dr. Francisco J. Hidalgo is Research Professor and Head of the Department of Lipid Characterization and Quality at the Instituto de la Grasa, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of Seville (Spain) and worked as a postdoc with Prof. John E. Kinsella at Cornell University and Prof. Al L. Tappel at University of California (Davis). His research career has involved the study of carbonyl chemistry in both foods and living beings as well as the control of these reactions, the application of NMR spectroscopy to oil analysis, and the presence of peptides in lipid matrixes. Current research interests are related to the consequences of carbonyl–amine reactions in food quality and safety and their control by phenolic compounds; in particular, the characterization of the triple defensive barrier of phenolic compounds against the lipid oxidation-induced damage in food products.

Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations for the 2017 awards, and congratulations to this year’s award recipients. We hope to see many of our readers and authors at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C..

Previous Award Winners:


Oxyphytosterols as Active Ingredients in Wheat Bran Suppress Human Colon Cancer Cell Growth: Identification, Chemical Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation

Yingdong Zhu, Dominique Soroka, and Shengmin Sang

Olfactory Cues from Different Plant Species in Host Selection by Female Pea Moths

Gunda Thöming* and Hans Ragnar Norli


NMR-Based Metabolomic Investigation of Bioactivity of Chemical Constituents in Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis L.) Fruit Extracts

Liladhar Paudel, Faith J. Wyzgoski, M. Monica Giusti, Jodee L. Johnson, Peter L. Rinaldi, Joseph C. Scheerens, Ann M. Chanon, Joshua A. Bomser, A. Raymond Miller, James K. Hardy, and R. Neil Reese

Identification of Plant Metabolites of Environmental Contaminants by UPLC-QToF-MS: The in Vitro Metabolism of Triclosan in Horseradish

André Macherius, Bettina Seiwert, Peter Schröder, Christian Huber, Wilhelm Lorenz, and Thorsten Reemtsma


Different Phenolic Compounds Activate Distinct Human Bitter Taste Receptors

Susana Soares, Susann Kohl, Sophie Thalmann, Nuno Mateus, Wolfgang Meyerhof, and Victor De Freitas

Antifungal Activity against Plant Pathogens of Metabolites from the Endophytic Fungus Cladosporium cladosporioides

Xiaoning Wang, Mohamed M. Radwan, Amer H. Taráwneh, Jiangtao Gao, David E. Wedge, Luiz H. Rosa, Horace G. Cutler, and Stephen J. Cutler


Identifying New Lignin Bioengineering Targets: Impact of Epicatechin, Quercetin Glycoside, and Gallate Derivatives on the Lignification and Fermentation of Maize Cell Walls

John H. Grabber, Dino Ress, and John Ralph

Human Psychometric and Taste Receptor Responses to Steviol Glycosides

Caroline Hellfritsch, Anne Brockhoff, Frauke Stähler, Wolfgang Meyerhof, and Thomas Hofmann