Agriculture’s Role In Energy Future

November 3, 2008

Lurie Building - Hughes Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States


With Mark Matlock, Senior VP, Research Division – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

After an extended era of stable energy supplies, from a variety of fossil fuels that began with the industrial revolution change is in the wind. New costs of fossil energy are coming to the forefront that includes: future carbon constraints, the need to pursue more non-conventional sources, and re-distribution of wealth.

Diversifying our energy sources is a possible solution that could bring about more stability and a brighter future. Agriculture can play a significant role in this diversification. Mark Matlock, Senior VP, Research Division – Archer Daniels Midland, discussed the need to globalize advanced agricultural practices and as a result recognize how sustainably will be important in making this a permanent part of the solution.

Northwestern University, Lurie Building – Hughes Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago Campus

Mark Matlock joined Archer Daniels Midland Company in 1980. Mark Matlock was appointed Senior Vice President-Research division where he directs food ingredient research. Mark Matlock holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Millikin University and a Master’s of Science degree in polymer chemistry from the University of Akron. Prior to his current appointment, Mark Matlock served as an Analytical Chemist, Manager-Process Development, Laboratory Manager-ADM BioProducts and Director-Food Applications. Mark Matlock is author or co-author of seven U.S. patents, two of which relate to an analytical instrument (OSI) that measures the oxidative stability of vegetable oils. He has conducted research that has led to new soy protein isolates for ADM. He has managed research efforts that lead the introduction of trans free fats for margarines and shortenings via a novel enzymatic rearrangement technology. In addition, Mark Matlock was elected president of the American Oil Chemists’ Society for 2003-2004 and in 2007 was honored as an AOCS Fellow.