Project Title: Novel antioxidant protection of omega-3 oils

Faculty Sponsor: Matth Fhaner

Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry



Project Description: The aim of this project is to further investigate how natural antioxidants may protect omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be of major importance to human health in the last few decades.  Currently, a number of synthetic antioxidants are used to stabilize the oils and extend their shelf life.  A recent push by consumers towards natural products has made it less desirable for synthetic antioxidants to be used.

This has caused researchers to look for natural alternatives.  Research between my colleagues and myself have found a specific natural antioxidant that rivals the current industry synthetic and natural antioxidants.  Our goal is to determine the molecular pathways in which our natural antioxidant protects omega-3 fatty acids in an effort to determine a specific structure that might be desirable in a high quality antioxidant.  This information could lead to a revolution in how commercial goods are manufactured and preserved.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: Sample prep, experimental design, safety and lab management, instrumental analysis (including GC/MS, UV-vis, HPLC) and data analysis

Minimum Student Qualifications: Students must have completed general chemistry series.