90890 - Advanced Analytical Techniques In Cosmetic Science

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

Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production Oceans

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will acquire basic knowledge and applications of methods in chemical analysis and bio-analytical chemistry of substances, materials and their interactions of interest in cosmetic sciences that will include advanced techniques in mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy, combined chromatography, imaging, sensors and biosensors.

Course contents

The course is divided in 2 units.

Unit 1.

- Advanced in mass spectrometry: analysis of macromolecules (top-down and bottom-up proteomics, polymers)

- Raman spectroscopy

- Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR)

- Light scattering (evaporative light scattering, ELSD)

Unit 2.

- Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV)

- Cyclic voltammetry (CV)

- Differential Pulse Polarography (DPP)

- Amperometry (flow injection, FI)

- Electronic nose

- Other sensors


- Holler, Skoog, Crouch: "Principle of Instrumental Analysis" 7th edition by Brooks/Cole Pub Co (2017).

Teaching methods

Lectures in which the topics of the course are presented and discussed, with practical examples.

Assessment methods

The assessment of learning takes place through the final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the expected knowledge and skills through an oral interview on the entire program. Despite the course is divided in modules, there is a single exam in which both Units are discussed. The evaluations obtained in the individual modules are integrated to obtain the final exam grade by means of a final weighted average.

The evaluation criteria is based on the demonstration by the student of knowing how to use and apply the knowledge, information and cultural tools provided by the course. The threshold of sufficiency of learning is represented in particular by the demonstration of critical understanding and the ability to discuss the topics of the course.

To take the exam, registration is required through Almaesami, in compliance with the deadlines provided for. You are encouraged to unsubscribe if not interested in taking the exam. The cancellation must be done before closing the list.

The teachers are available for further clarification and to check the pre-exam preparation level by appointment.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC.

Office hours

See the website of Jessica Fiori

See the website of Martina Zangheri