School of Food Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology

Guangdong Province Key Laboratory for Green Processing of Natural Products and Product Safety

Engineering Research Center of Starch and Vegetable Protein Processing Ministry of Education


Contact Details Organizing Committee:

School of Food Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Guangzhou 510640, China

Tel: +86-2087113252

Fax: +86-2087113252


South China University of Technology

The South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a leading educational institution in China, a public research-intensive university that is directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Located in the city of Guangzhou, a thriving metropolis in South China, it today covers a total area of 405 hectares, consisting of three campuses: the Wushan Campus, the University Town Campus, and the Guangzhou International Campus. 

The university was formerly known as the South China Institute of Technology, which was first founded in 1952 by merging the engineering schools and departments of a number of major universities and polytechnic universities from five provinces in central and Southern China. After over 60 years of development, SCUT has become a multi-disciplinary university, merging science, engineering, business management, arts and social science, medicine and other disciplines into one integration. Since its founding, it has educated over 380,000 graduates at all levels.

In 2016, SCUT was ranked the world’s top 300 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, with its engineering placed at the 22nd place. According to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, SCUT has chemistry, materials science, engineering, agricultural science, physics, biology and biochemistry, computer science, and environment and ecology ranked in the global top 1%.

SCUT has established connections and partnerships with over 50 overseas universities to promote student training and scientific research. Considering the importance of people as the fundamental element of education, the university always sees “the academy as the foundation, talented ones as the strength, open minds as the vitality, and the culture of the university as the energy to thrive and last”. All these efforts are building SCUT as a top-ranking university in the country and a renowned world-class institution.

School of Food Science and Engineering

The School of Food Science and Engineering (SFSE) was established newly in November 2015 through the reorganization of the School of Light Industry and Food Science, however, its history can be dated back to 1952, the beginning of the University. The first degree program of the School, Sugar and Food Engineering, was started to run at that time. Currently, the school has two undergraduate programs as well as Food Science and Engineering, and Food Quality and Safety, and two postdoctoral programs, Food Science and Engineering and Light Industrial Technology and Engineering.  A national evaluation of key discipline carried out in 2012 showed that the Food Science and Engineering in the School were ranking No.3 among Chinese universities.

The School of Food Science and Engineering is one of the most important units in the University featuring high level innovative scientific research. The School has a national engineering research center (Wheat and Corn Processing Lab), a national innovation and technology platform (Starch and Plant Proteins Research Center) and several provincial/ministry scientific research institutes, such as Guangdong Key Laboratory for Green Processing and Safety of Natural Products, Guangdong Technical Center for Food Processing and Nutrition, Guangdong Lipid Science and Applied Technology Center, Guangdong International Collaborate Center for Sugar Green Processing, etc.

The School takes the student education as the primary task and provides perfect environment for personal development of every student. Now, in total of 1234 students, including 521 undergraduates and 713 graduates are studying in the school. The School has extensive communication and cooperation with many top-level oversea universities and research institutes such as Cornel University, Queensland University, Rutgers University and Kyoto University. Nearly one hundred scientists, faculties and students were actively involved in the international communication and cooperation through lecture, seminar, conference, or being visiting scholars and exchange students.

Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Green Agricultural Products Processing

Guangdong Provincial Laboratory of Green Agricultural Products Processing was set up by Educational Bureau of Guangdong Province and Financial Department of Guangdong Province in 2005, and it was also supported by the funds for high education construction sponsored by Guangdong government, and relied on laboratory of scientific research built by College of Light Industry and Food Science in South China University of Technology. The current director of this laboratory is Dr. Lin Li, the president of Dongguan University of Technology.

This laboratory focuses on investigating technology problem occurring in the processing of green agricultural products, and utilizes the corresponding core technology and critical equipment.  Therefore, it facilitates development of food science technology in Guangdong Province, and helps the advancement in science and technology of agriculture products processing and food industry. As a result, it has strengthened the market competition of this field in China.

This key laboratory combines the predominant resource of National Key Disciplines of first year subject “Light Industry Technology and Engineering” and second year subject “Food Science”. Presently, there are 33 faculties and staffs, including 19 professors, 11 associate professors, 3 post-doctors.  It has the principal investigators in charge of 28 national scientific research projects, and received 8 provincial level awards for their achievements.

Now, a platform of program “985” (class II), the innovation platform of food processing and safety, is established based on this key laboratory. The research space for this platform is 3000 m2, which equipped with many advanced instruments that used for testing physical and chemistry parameters, analyzing microstructure, and evaluating the safety of foods.  The total value of these facilities is greater than 50 million RMB. The space for pilot-scale working shop at this laboratory is 2600 m2, which is capable to simulate a small-scale industrialized production.

Ministry of Education Engineering Center on Deep Processing of Starch and Vegetable Protein

The Center was approved to construction in June 2006 by the National Ministry of Education. It is affiliated to the College of Light Industry and Food Science in South China University of Technology. The current director of this laboratory is Professor Li Lin, the president of Dongguan University of Technology.

Starch and vegetable protein are the bulk of agricultural products playing important roles in the national economy. Aiming at resolving the critical and common technical issues in the extensive processing of starch and plant protein, basing on technology innovation, integrating current basic conditions and facilities, the Center established advanced platforms for key techniques and equipment engineering technology. Its main task is to develop new techniques and methods of starch and vegetable protein green processing. By building the good platforms for R&D and system integration, by cultivating and gathering high-level innovation talents, the Center is dedicated to serve the State's economic construction and development directly.

At present, the Center has established complete conditions and facilities for research and environment for engineering verification. We have experimental base with total space of 3000 m2, and instruments and equipment valued at more than 50 million RMB. We have constructed three pilot production lines for 300 kg modified protein, 400 kg starch-based biodegradable materials and 200 kg of functional oligosaccharides daily respectively. We have also set up three production trials bases in the leading enterprises.

Relying on "Light Industrial Technology and Engineering", the first level national key discipline and "Food Science", the second level national key discipline, the Center has set up a research and development team of 46 members for R&D, application and evaluation of engineering. Members include nineteen professors, fourteen associate professors, ten lecturers (or engineers), and three post-doctoral researchers.