Prof Stephen Euston is a food chemist who has over twenty year’s experience of research in both academic institutions and the food industry. From 1993 to 2000 he was a research scientist at the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute. His research here was concerned with milk protein functionality and in particular the application of milk proteins as emulsifiers. This involved both targeted fundamental and applied research aimed at understanding and improving the functional properties of milk protein emulsifiers. Since returning to Europe he has held academic positions at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen (now Copenhagen University) and latterly at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh Scotland. Here he has established a research group that used both experimental and computational methods to study the link between food protein structure and their ability to form and stabilize foods. His work has resulted in the publication of 45 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 articles in conference proceedings, 3 book chapters, and he is currently preparing a monograph on the application of computer modelling to the study of food structure. In addition to this he is the author of over 30 confidential New Zealand dairy industry reports. Current research project in his group include a study of the molecular basis for the action of fat replacers, using rheological measurements combined with computer simulation; surface chemistry of bile salts – a project aimed at understanding digestion chemistry with a view to developing strategies to control fat digestion via interfacial engineering; extraction of functional proteins from mycoprotein production waste; characterization of novel bio-surfactants from marine bacteria; food olegelation and molecular modelling of surfactant interfacial crystallization. His research has been funded by the RCUK (EPSRC and BBSRC), Technology Strategy Board/Innovate UK, the food industry, overseas Governments and EU Horizon 2020.
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