March 1, 2015, 1:54 p.m. – UST CHEMICAL Engineering students won second place in the National Undergraduate Research Contest of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) National Convention last Feb. 18 to 21 in Puerto Princesa.

Fifth-year students Bob Canstrence, Marianne Fuentes, and Cham Faustino gained recognition for their study titled “Physical Characterization of Polymerized Whey Protein-stabilized Virgin Coconut Oil-in-water Emulsion,” which deals with emulsification (breaking down of fats) in commercial and alternative coco butter using whey protein.

“Commercially available butter is [composed] of milk fat, which is a saturated fat [that] has bad effects … especially in cardiovascular health. To address the issue, we made our own coco butter,” Castrence said in an email.

Students from Mapua Institute of Technology bagged first place. Other finalists were students from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Batangas State University, and St. Louis University-Baguio.

Winners were chosen based on the quality of the paper, research poster, and oral presentation.

PIChE is the sole accredited professional organization for chemical engineers in the country.

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  1. Whey protein is actually so common that you have probably been using it since childhood! whey protein supplement is a liquid residue created as a by product of cheese production. It is highly recommended by nutritionists as it contains all 9 essential amino acids & is low in lactose content. Besides, it can easily be available online.


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