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Dr. James Kenar joined the USDA, Agricultural Research Service at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, Illinois, in October 1999 and is currently a Research Chemist in the Functional Food Research (FFR) Unit.  Dr. Kenar holds a Ph.D. (1994) in physical organic chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.  His postdoctoral research at Duke University, Durham, NC, focused on the isolation, characterization, and identification of cholesteryl linoleate oxidation products in LDL and HDL.  From 1996-1999 he worked as a Research Chemist at the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD.  Jim is also currently an affiliate organic laboratory instructor at Bradley University.


Jim's research at NCAUR has focused on the chemical modification of fats and oils and the chemistry, physical interactions, and processing technologies to develop innovative methods to utilize agricultural materials formulate new materials and compositions into food and nonfood applications from commodity and byproduct agricultural materials.  Dr. Kenar has 60+ publications and has been an invited to give presentations at national and international conferences.  Jim is currently a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society and received the 2011 Award of Merit from the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) for his leadership and meritorious service within AOCS.

Specialties include: Oleochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, starch-lipid interactions, amylose inclusion complexes