Affiliate Associate Professor to strengthen the cooperation with the food industry

Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, appoints Niall Young as Affiliate Associate Professor in food structures and rheology. Niall Young is employed as a Technical Fellow in DuPont Nutrition & Health.

2017.03.16 | Nina Hermansen

Niall Young has a PhD degree in rheology from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, and has worked in the food industry for more than 20 years.

Department of Food Science at Aarhus University has a long tradition of cooperating with a number of the major Danish and international food companies. Now, the department strengthens its cooperation with DuPont N&H, previously known as Danisco, by appointing Technical Fellow Niall Young as Affiliate Associate Professor in food structure and rheology.

Niall Young has a PhD degree in rheology from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, and has worked in the food industry for more than 20 years, starting his industrial scientific career at Danisco, after a post-doc period at the Technical University of Denmark. So far, he has held several scientific positions with the company; his primary research area is food structure and rheology and he has contributed to the development of a series of patents. In his present position, Niall Young acts as an advisor in relation to one of DuPont’s most important clients – the global industrial group Unilever.

In addition, Niall Young has had a close cooperation with internationally recognized scientists through the years, and has also been a part of major research projects and has published a significant number of scientific articles. Finally, he is one of the associate editors of International Journal of Food Science and Technology.

An alchemist building bridges

At the Department of Food Science, Niall Young will be a member of the science team “Food Chemistry and Technology”. His primary tasks will be to ensure a closer cooperation with the food industry, as well as acting as a supervisor and teacher for food science students.

- I have had a close cooperation with major customers for many years, and I recognize the importance of understanding their backgrounds and challenges. In many ways, I consider myself an alchemist who disseminates knowledge and insight and thus contributes to the creation of value for the companies. Therefore, I look very much forward to utilizing these competences in an even closer cooperation with skilled and competent colleagues at the Department of Food Science, Niall Young states. 

Head of Department of Food Science, Michelle Williams, is very pleased to welcome the experienced scientist as a member of the department.

- Niall Young’s major strength is his ability to implement new theoretical progress within food research in an industrial context. At the same time, his background and considerable commitment and insight make him an obvious mentor capable of building bridges and providing inspiration for  new and strengthened collaborations. This will benefit colleagues, students and our industrial partners, says Head of Department, Michelle Williams. 


Further information

Affiliate Associate Professor Niall William George Young
Department of Food Science,  Aarhus University
Mobile: 23 64 08 48

Head of Department Michelle Williams
Department of Food Science,  Aarhus University
E-mail: mw@food.au.dk
Tel.: 8715 7957/87158 335
Mobile: 25 17 00 49

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