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Professorial Lecture to explore journey of gum from trees in Africa to food, drink and cosmetic products

A free lecture will explain how a gum found on trees in Africa makes its way from a raw product into a natural thickener in goods such as cakes, soft drinks and dairy products.

Glyndŵr University’s work in using science to convert polymers found in acacia gum into dietary fibre, plant growth promoters and anti-aging products will be discussed by Professor Saphwan Al-Assaf on Thursday 24 January.

“Understanding the Mysteries of Nature: Hydrocolloids in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries” will focus on work carried out at the Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Centre at the university’s Wrexham campus.

Hydrocolloids are used as thickening, stabilizing, gelling and emulsifying agents in various industrial sectors.

The lecture is part of Glyndŵr University’s 2012/13 Professorial Lecture Series. It starts at 7pm in the Catrin Finch Centre.

Event organiser Katie Dutton, events coordinator at Glyndŵr University, said: “This event is a great opportunity to learn all about how this natural product came to be used all over the world in so many everyday items, and about the important work happening right here in Wrexham exploring new uses.”

The Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series aims to showcase and celebrate the academic excellence of the University's professorial staff, and bring leading research and thinking to the wider community.

The lectures are open to all and free to attend. Each lecture will be followed by a reception, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the speaker and discuss the topic in more detail.

Seats at the lecture can be reserved online at glyndwr.ac.uk/events by following the links for talks/lectures. Alternatively email lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466 to book a space.


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