Students participating in the course will:
- know the principles of NMR spectroscopy (high and low resolution NMR) (knowledge and understanding);
- know the instrument and its operating principle for the acquisition of the different types of spectra (knowledge and understanding);
- understand and be able to analyze NMR spectra of organic molecules present in the food (understanding and applying knowledge);
- be able to evaluate the right NMR experiment for a given specific problem and a particular food matrix (applying knowledge and understanding);
- be able to analyze and explain in a clear way a scientific paper treating with NMR use in the food analysis (understanding and communication skills).
Course contents summary
First lessons are about the NMR spectrometry theory with mention of instruments and experiments features used in food research. Then sample preparation steps for NMR analysis are explained with regards to the different food matrices. Methods for NMR analysis: molecules identification and statistics for metabolomics. These arguments are implemented by using specific examples form literature.
Practical tutorials will consist in sample preparation, use of the NMR instrument, spectrum acquisition and data analysis.
R. M. SILVERSTEIN, F. WEBSTER, "Identificazione Spettroscopica di Composti Organici", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano.
A. Spyros, P. Dais
NMR Spectroscopy in Food Analysis
RSC Food Analysis Monographs No. 10
2013, RSC Publishing
A. S. Franca, L. M.L. Nollet
Spectroscopic Methods in Food Analysis
2018, CRC Press
Taylor & Francis Group
Additional teaching material for students:
Pdf files of the lesson slides
According to the regulation of theUniversity of Parma about the COVID-19 pandemics, the course is taught with frontal lessons at-distance modality, and no practical lessons are scheduled for the academic year 2020-21. Each lesson is registered and made available to students for some days. The slides will be loaded on the Elly portal of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Since lab experiences are not scheduled in the academic year 2020-21, the assessment method will be an oral exam on the topics treated during the course. The examination will be in the presence or, in the case the COVID-related sanitary emergence continues, it will be by remote.