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IFR to join the Food Integrity project

The Analytical Sciences Unit at IFR has secured funding under the recent procurement call to join the EU Framework 7 project, “Food Integrity“. We will be working on the analysis of the protein component in complex foods using Multiple Reaction Mode Mass Spectrometry, further developing the methodology recently reported in Analytical Chemistry.

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Upcoming online course – Identifying Food Fraud

The Institute of Food Research has teamed up with the University of East Anglia to bring out a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), on identifying food fraud using analytical techniques. It is led by the head of the ASU, Kate Kemsley, who specialises in the use of advanced instrumentation for measuring the chemical composition of food […]

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ASU in Parliament – new publication

New open access publication: “Developing low-field NMR spectroscopy for tackling food fraud” A feature article on our collaborative project with Oxford Instruments is published in the summer issue of Science in Parliament (SiP), the journal of the UK’s Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.  With kind permission of SiP, it can be downloaded here.  

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Book Chapter available for download here

With kind permission of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are pleased to make our book chapter “60 MHz 1H NMR spectroscopy of triglyceride mixtures” (Gerdova et al, 2015) available for free download. It is taken from the recently published book, Magnetic Resonance in Food Science: Defining Food by Magnetic Resonance (eds: Capozzi, Laghi & Belton).

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ASU goes to school

The instrumentation in the ASU’s Chemical Imaging laboratory includes a portable UV/VIS/NIR system for fast analysis of food materials. Following on from a successful stint at the Big Bang Science Fair, our kit is now making outings closer to home. Here is ASU scientist and STEM ambassador, Yvonne Gunning, running a “Food Detectives” session at a local Norfolk primary school. […]

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Fourier Transform Infrared Spectral Library

Now available on this site, a database of FTIR spectra of foods and ingredients collected over the past decade of food analysis at IFR. All spectra are stored as downloadable pictures in .png format and can be freely re-used (Creative Commons terms).

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