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Rob Linforth

Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Science

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Expertise Summary

My research career started in the field of plant hormone analysis, during which I learnt a range of analytical skills (Thin Layer Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry), which were used in the discovery of the biosynthetic origins of the plant hormone Abscisic Acid (ABA). This involved the isolation of metabolites from batches of plant tissue for their identification and the development of assays for their quantification.

In 1991, I transferred to the Food Chemistry group, to develop new research areas, work with industrial companies on short term objectives and run the research laboratory. I have worked in close association with industrial companies on both a short term and a long term basis; developing methodology, guiding research programs and presenting results.

One of the long term research objectives of the Food Chemistry group was to develop methodology for the real-time analysis of volatiles in the breath during eating. This would enable us to study the effects of the food matrix, human physiology, or the aroma compounds themselves, on volatile release in mouth. I was responsible for the design of the gas phase interface which was patented and went into commercial production.

I am now responsible for co-ordination and supervision of a range of projects across the School of Biosciences, principally within flavour science, but, also encompassing the investigation of pheromone release from insects, biochemical studies of plant tissues and fungicide residue analysis. In parallel with my analytical skills, I have also developed interests in statistical analyses and modelling, using techniques such as principle component analysis, partial least squares regression and non-linear multivariate regression analysis.

Teaching Summary

Statistics and experimental design. Data processing and use of mathematical software. Presentation skills. Chromatography and sample analysis, by gas or liquid separation techniques. Mass… read more

Research Summary

Research areas include; bioethanol and the production of alternative fuel sources to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, insect pheromone studies focusing on the timing of pheromone release linked… read more

Recent Publications

Statistics and experimental design. Data processing and use of mathematical software. Presentation skills. Chromatography and sample analysis, by gas or liquid separation techniques. Mass spectrometry.

Current Research

Research areas include; bioethanol and the production of alternative fuel sources to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, insect pheromone studies focusing on the timing of pheromone release linked into behavioural studies. Along with a general involvement in a range of projects which require analytical procedures (gas and liquid chromatography). One of the main application areas of this research is food and flavour. I am also interested in the physical chemistry of aroma compounds and how that affects their behaviour in food products.

Past Research

Previous research areas have included; plant hormone biosynthesis, carotenoid analysis, studies of tomato flavour and the real time analysis of volatile compounds delivered to the nose during eating.

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