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    Fresh thinking in food manufacturing

The Flavour Centre

Understanding the chemistry of flavour is crucial to developing successful new products. The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences has a long established and international reputation for its work in flavours, and our Flavour Centre can help to ensure that both new and existing products are as appealing as possible.

With a suite of modern extraction techniques, the Flavour Centre can provide analysis of:

  • Flavourings
  • Aroma and taste compounds
  • Precursors, offnotes and taints
  • Harmful compounds, such as acrylamide

"Surprisingly little is known about the flavour compounds found in our foods. How these interact to create the aromas and flavours we take for granted every day is only just starting to be understood. Not everyone perceives tastes and flavours in the same way, and this is due to our own genetics. This in turn affects whether we like or dislike certain foods, and I'm interested in learning what chemical compounds might be responsible for these preferences."

Dr Luke Bell

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

But as a student, what does this mean for you?

BSc and MSc students taking the 'Advanced food chemistry' module use the Flavour Centre's facilities.


You can access our scientists and our advanced analytical equipment through our Flavour Centre. The Centre provides the platform for proven innovation in all areas of food manufacture, and the fresh thinking that delivers a competitive advantage.

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