67131 - Food Chemistry and Analysis

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Roberta Budriesi (Modulo 1) Roberta Budriesi (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (cod. 8518)

Learning outcomes

After completing this course the student has basic knowledge of instrumental analytical techniques applicable to the food sector. In particular, the student is able to: - understand, interpret, apply an experimental procedure for determining the composition or chemical and physical properties of a foodstuff.

Course contents

Introduction to food chemistry. Costituents of foods: proteins, lipids, carbohydrates. Vitamins. Minerals. Organoleptic characteristics.

Additives, preservatives and dyes.  Determination of the dyes by TLC and HPLC.

Determination of ascorbic acid, sorbic acid and benzoic acid. determination of nitrite and nitrate. qualitative determination of sulphites. Processing of parts and food storage. Sample preparation.
Determination of food costituents.

Wine analysis. Oli analysis. Honey analysis


Mannina Luisa, Daglia Maria, Ritieni Alberto: la chimica degli Alimenti - Nutrienti e Aspetti Nutraceutici, CEA - Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Cappelli Patrizia; Vannucchi Vanna: Chimica Degli Alimenti. Conservazione e trasformazioni. Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna, 2005
Cabras P, Martelli A., Chimica degli alimenti, Piccin.

Evangelisti F. Restani P. Prodotti dietetici. Piccin 2011

Teaching methods

Theoretical lectures and laboratory exercises

Assessment methods

The verification of learning tends to ascertain the achievement of the educational objectives of teaching, i.e.:

- the ability to apply acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to food quality analysis and control;

- the ability to interpret and apply analytical methods, even instrumental ones, useful to the dosage of food.

The test is carried out with the conduct of a practical laboratory test, carried out at the end of the single-seat exercises, and final oral examination. The practical test, with unlimited validity, is preparatory to the oral examination.

Students, to whom the Council validates the signature of attendance acquired in the previous career, must pass the laboratory practice test before taking the oral test.

Teaching tools

Slides and laboratory protocols

Office hours

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Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.