Food Technology and Nutrition Center of Excellence

Gas Chromatography (GC-MS)

Two last-gen gas chromatographs (Thermo Fisher Scientific Trace 1300) in combination with quadrupole mass spectrometers enable both highly sensitive trace and robust routine analysis for volatile compounds. Sensitive analytes can also be quantified after conversion steps (derivatization). Gas chromatography has been one of the most important technologies in environmental analysis for decades and is increasingly used in food analysis due to significant advancements in sensitivity and selectivity.

Technical Data:

ISQ mass spectrometer | Flame ionization detector | TriPlusRSH autosampler for up to 150 samples | headspace SPME (Solid Phase Microextraction)

R&D Services
  • FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters)
  • VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Aldehydes
  • Trace analysis (acrylamide, pesticides, etc.)
  • Essential oils
  • Menthol and eucalyptol
  • Method development on request

High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

UHPLC enables the separation of complex sample mixtures for the detection of micro and macro constituents down to the picogram range. Our latest generation of instruments allows the analysis of food ingredients and contaminants at high speed with increased sample throughput. A wide range of detectors allows rapid method development for individual problems. The purification of substance mixtures and the preparation of standards is realized by using preparative liquid chromatography.

Technical Data:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Vanquish UHPLC: High resolution separation up to 1034 bar pressure | Diode array detector (UV/VIS) with up to 4 tracks and 3D Field | Charged aerosol detector | Single quad mass spectrometer | Autosampler (up to 216 samples)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Ultimate 3000 UHPLC: Diode array detector (UV/VIS) with up to 4 tracks and 3D Field | Refractive Index Detector | Fluorescence detector

Knauer Semipreparative HPLC: Photodiode Array Detector | Refractive Index Detector | Fractionator

R&D Services
  • Polyphenols and active ingredients
  • Vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, K, etc.)
  • Alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol, etc.)
  • Carbohydrates
  • Biogenic amines
  • Amino acids
  • minerals (Na, K, etc.)
  • counterions
  • Method development on request


Foodanalysis VideometerLab

The VideometerLab 4 is one of the most advanced instruments for multispectral analysis. Videometer technology offers accuracy, robustness and high reproducibility of measurements. Especially in the food industry, pollutants, foreign substances or contaminations in food are critical. Many of these substances are difficult to detect. In such difficult cases, multispectral analysis is of great importance.

Technical Data:

Multispectral Imaging System | 19 wavelengths / 20 channels 365 nm to 970 nm + external channel| broad spectrum focusing len | absolute reflectance / CIELab / sRGB calibration | high resolution CCD camera (2992 x 2992 active pixels) | special data analysis software

R&D Services
  • Identification of mold contamination
  • Quality parameters of mis-stored meat
  • Quality control of vegetables
  • Concentration determination of astaxanthin 
  • Authenticity measurement of meat
  • Measurement of processing defects or germination of seeds
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