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Departmental Faculty
Van Den Truong Van Den Truong

Research Leader, USDA-ARS
Professor, Food Science

322-F Schaub Hall


B.S. (1973) National Institute of Agriculture, Saigon
M.S. (1976) University of the Philippines at Los Banos
Ph.D. (1980) University of the Philippines at Los Banos
Postdoc. (1993-97) North Carolina State University

Research Interests

My research program covers basic and applied studies on chemistry, processing, and functional properties of carbohydrate-based food materials. Special attention is focused on sweetpotatoes with an ultimate goal of increasing utilization of this highly-nutritious vegetable in processed food products. Current areas of research include: 1) new processing strategies to convert sweetpotatoes into functional ingredients that are readily available for the food processing industry; 2) functionality of these ingredients in various food systems; 3) nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals in sweetpotato products: selection of genotypes with increased concentrations of target components and optimization of processing conditions to minimize losses; 4) effects of processing and storage on chemical constituents related to textural properties, flavors and sensory characteristics of sweetpotato products.

The program also aims to collaborate closely with the sweetpotato industry and food companies to identify relevant research areas and transfer the developed technologies from our program for pilot-testing and commercial development.

Agricultural Research Service, Food Science Research Unit

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Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695
(919) 515-2951