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, proteomics, mass spectrometry and a range of hyphenated techniques (LC-MS, GC-MS). We offer associated expertise in chemical imaging, metabolomics, electron microscopy, proteomics, 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.
Collaboration: The ASU is a shared resource unit accessible to all IFR staff and students – in the first instance, please get in touch with the primary contact on the individual facility pages. We also welcome interaction with external organisations, particularly with a view to collaboration. Some of our resources can also be accessed on a commercial basis through our contract research team: please contact IFR Extra for more information. Additionally, the instrumentation within the chemical imaging laboratory is available for use via the NRP Virtual Technology Centre
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.