SRDC SEMINAR- 24th June, 2013 QUT Brisbane

Clarification of Juice from Whole Sugar Cane Crop  Final PhD seminar presented by Caroline Thai

In the Australian sugar industry, fluctuations of raw sugar prices have resulted in interest to increase the amount of biomass, so that product diversification to platform chemicals, ethanol and cogeneration can be realised. Harvesting the whole sugar cane crop, WC (i.e., green cane stalk and tops and leaves, viz. trash), will bring in significant amounts of biomass that could be used to ass value. However, juice expressed from WC is difficult to process into raw sugar of acceptable qualitative and in high yield. 

In this presentation, the composition and colloidal chemistry of particles present in different types of juices, and the impact trash impurities have on coagulation and flocculation processes will be evaluated.  This is to provide insights as to why it is difficult to process juice expressed from WC, and provide options to improve the clarification of WC juice.

Caroline Thai is a final year PhD student from the Sugar Research Innovation at the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities based at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. Caroline’s PhD scholarship was funded by the Sugar Research and Development Corporation, Sugar Research Limited and QUT.

Caroline has recently submitted her PhD thesis for internal review and will present results from her PhD research during a seminar at QUT on Monday the 24th of June at 12:00 noon.

Event: Final PhD seminar presentation – Studies on the Clarification of Juice from Whole Sugar Cane Crop
Presented by: Caroline Thai, PhD final seminar presentation
Date: Monday 24 June 2013
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Location: QUT Gardens Point Campus, Q-Block, Room Q-601.
Catering: Lunch will be provided
RSVP: To register for this seminar contact Sara Stuart from SRDC ph: 07 32100495 or contact Caroline Thai from QUT on mob: 0421 543 692 or email

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