22412 Food analysis and Instrumentation

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Science graduates and post graduates do not get job in industry easily. Industry finds fresh graduates inadequately prepared to work in industrial scenario. Students lack knowledge and practical training in the use of high-end instruments.

Certificate program on Food analysis and Instrumentation id designed to bridge this gap between industry and academics. The program aims to impart in depth knowledge with hands on training of different instruments along with theoretical background.

The objective of this course is to give students a conceptual introduction to the various modern instrumental techniques in food analysis and understand the applications, strengths and limitations of different methods. Analysis of foods is incessantly demanding the development of more robust, efficient, sensitive, and cost-effective analytical methodologies to guarantee the safety, quality, and traceability of foods in compliance with legislation and consumer demands. The traditional methods used at the beginning of 20th century based on wet chemistry have evolved into modern powerful instrumental techniques used in food laboratories. This improvement in technology has led to significant enhancements in analytical accuracy, precision, detection limits, and sample throughput, thereby expanding the practical range of food applications.

At St Aloysius College (Autonomous), the PGSR in Food Science team has come up with this certificate program on Food analysis and Instrumentation to cater individuals who want to acquire knowledge and skill in the field of instrumentation analysis of food. Modern analytical equipment’s including nitrogen analyser, spray dryer, Texture analyser, Hunter lab colour spectrophotometer are some of instruments in which training will be provided. The participants will get to learn basics of instruments including Viscosity and Consistency Measurements of Food. The course content gives overview of instrumental analysis with respect to safety as well as regulatory perspective.

On completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate interaction of food by using different analytical techniques and may assess physico-chemical properties of foods.



Unit I

Guidelines for Sample preparation, Instrument operation and Interpretation of results, laboratory demonstration. Molecular and Elemental Analysis of Food, Physical & Chemical analysis of food, Microbiological analysis of food

Unit II

Spectrometric Methods of Food Analysis (UV and Visible molecular absorption spectrometry, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, ICP, colour Spectrometry, Atomic Mass Spectrometry, Infrared Spectrometry)

Unit III

Separation Techniques (HPLC, GC, TLC, Super Critical Fluid Extraction Chromatography, Electrophoresis), Viscosity and Consistency Measurements of Food (Measurements of Rheological Properties, Instrumental Measurement of Texture of Foods)

Unit IV

Thermal Methods of Analysis (Thermogravimetry, Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)

Unit V

ISO requirement for food testing lab (ISO 17025), FSSAI Regulations for food laboratory, Case Studies, Laboratory demonstration, practicals and instrument handling



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What Will You Learn?

  • Learning outcomes
  • Students are expected to demonstrate actual analysis using high end instruments.
  • They should able to prepare the specialized solutions like buffers, indicators etc.
  • They should able to do real sample analysis on instruments using SOPs.
  • They should demonstrate troubleshooting abilities during actual analysis.
  • They should be able to prepare protocols for analysis and SOP for various instruments.

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