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Analytical Sciences

The Analytical Sciences Unit (ASU) provides the Institute of Food Research with state-of-the-art instrumentation across several platform technologies, including infrared (IR), low- and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and a range of hyphenated techniques (LC-MS, GC-MS). We offer associated expertise in chemical imaging, metabolomics, electron microscopy, statistics and chemometrics. Working with colleagues from IFR’s strategic research programmes, we contribute to a diverse range of research projects from across the institute’s science portfolio.
Research Interests: Our own research activities are focused on the development of novel approaches for characterising foods and ingredients using chemical profiling techniques, tackling issues such as authentication and compositional analysis.
Collaboration: The ASU is a shared resource unit accessible to all IFR staff and students. Additionally, the infrared instrumentation within the chemical imaging laboratory is available for use via the NRP Virtual Technology Centre. We also welcome interaction with external organisations, particularly with a view to collaboration. In addition, some of our resources can be accessed on a commercial basis; please contact us for more information.