Food Chemistry @ Lange Nacht der Forschung

The Food Chemistry group had a booth at the “Lange Nacht der Forschung 2024”. Visitors could experience sensory perception – how we perceive odour and taste, how our sensory perception is impacted by colour or by taste enhancers. We were completely overwhelmed by the enormous response! Samples were prepared for approx. 450 visitors and we were out of stock after five hours. Thank you to the whole crew who did an amazing job, thank you to the organizers and thank you to all the visitors who were interested in our research!

Invitation to the Guest Lecture: Organs-on-Chips: From Platform Technology to Applications in Drug Development

We are delighted to invite you to an insightful and thought-provoking talk titled "Organs-on-Chips: From Platform Technology to Applications in Drug Development" presented by Prof. Dr. Andries van der Meer from the University of Twente.

More details on this talk can be found here.


The iMoox Course „Metabolic syndrome – When the metabolism runs wild” is online

This MOOC aims to address the underlying causes and consequences of the metabolic syndrome (MetS), a condition that affects over a billion people worldwide (WHO). The MetS is a compilation of risk factors that includes visceral obesity, high blood sugar and triglycerides, low HDL-cholesterol and hypertension. This results in a considerably higher incidence of diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, liver disease and cardiovascular events. Therefore, there is an urgent need to address this substantial biomedical challenge. This course will deal with diverse aspects related to the MetS resulting from the interdisciplinary background of the involved team members. Therefore, this MOOC course will be integrated into a wide spectrum of university courses: Food and Nutrition Sciences, Biochemistry and Biomedicine, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering.

You can find the iMoox course here...

Kinderuni visits the ACFC!

On July 12, 15 children aged 7 to 11 visited us and worked hard in a workshop on food waste and sensory evaluation of food!

Wasting food is one of the major future issues – judging food by their visual appearance, odour and taste even after their “best-before-date” helps to minimize the amounts. The kids worked hard and had a lot of fun! It was great to have you here!

Upcoming Summer School 2023 "Food Science and Culinary Art"

We are excited to announce our upcoming summer school on "Food Science and Culinary Art," hosted by the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry at TU Graz. This two-week course, running from June 25th to July 7th, 2023, is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles underlying the art of cooking and food preparation.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of food science and culinary art in the heart of Styria, and engage in hands-on activities and experiments to deepen their understanding of the topics covered. Topics will include food chemistry and production, sensory analysis, food trends, and the cultural and historical aspects of culinary art.

Whether you are a student of (food) science, a professional chef, or simply a food enthusiast, this summer school is an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in the world of food. We look forward to welcoming you to TU Graz for this exciting and informative program.

Further informations about the course can you find here... 

Podcast „Lehren – Lernen – Lauschen“ with Barbara Siegmund

Listen to a short podcast with Barbara Siegmund talking about "Lehren und Prüfen in der Lebensmittelchemie". Find the potcast here...

Planet Research article about the work of Niklas Pontesegger

The current Planet Research of the Graz Technical University shines a light on the work of one of the ACFC's Ph.D. students, Niklas Pontesegger, on account of his recent win of the GIRACT First Year Ph.D. Bursary. The article is available in German here...

ACFC on Aircampus

Listen to a short podcast with Barbara Siegmund talking about the importance of local and regional food. Find it here...
The Course „Food Chemistry and Technology“ (continuing education) will start on Oct 9, 2020. For more information follow this link...

New professorship endowed by Mondi

We are glad to pronounce, that our institute, in particular Prof. Erich Leitner, got one of two professorships endowed by the Graz University of Technology and Moni Group. The professorship targets the research of Food Contact Materials as well as the trainig of young talents in business and science. 

Awards and Prizes

Two Prizes at the Austrian Food Chemistry Days

The Austrian Food Chemistry Days took place in Vienna from April 3rd to April 5th. The "Food Chemistry" working group was well represented with various posters and presentations. This conference ended very successfully for two of our researchers: Andrea Hochegger was awarded the P.B. Czedik-Eysenberg Award with her paper on the Combination of multidimensional instrumental analysis and the Ames test for the toxicological evaluation of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons. Sabrina Stranig won the prize for the best oral presentation about the odour active volatiles in “lupin-coffee” and their formation and analysis. Congratulations to Andrea and Sabrina!

Sabrina Stranig awarded with the WKO Forschungsstipendium for her master thesis on the flavour formation in ‘lupin-coffee’

Sabrina Stranig’s master thesis on the flavour formation during the roasting process of lupin seed was awarded with the “WKO Forschungsstipendium 2023”. This work was conducted in close cooperation with Johann Krois/Steirerkaffee who cultivated the lupins seeds close to Graz. Using Johann’s professional coffee roaster, Sabrina had the opportunity to perform those roasting experiments that were required for this work. The results of this work give insight into the complex chemistry of the flavour of the sustainable coffee-alternative. Congrats, Sabrina!

A short video on Sabrina’s work together with those of other awarded TU colleagues can be found here:

WKO Forschungsstipendien
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Niklas Pontesegger awarded with the GIRACT First Year PhD Bursary

Niklas Pontesegger was awarded with the First Year PhD Bursary within the GIRACT European PhD in Flavour Research Programme!

The Giract programme aims to promote flavour research amongst PhD students in Europe, which is supported by seven industry sponsors. Niklas was one of the six selected students from different research institutions from all over Europe. Congratulations Niklas!

Find more information here


Recent graduates and alumni

Congratulations to Andreas Russegger!

He just finished their PhD on: Design and Characterization of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Materials for Optical Temperature Sensing. He did an amazing job - thank you for all the funny moments during the past. We wish you all the best for your future and we hope to see you sometimes again! :)
We will miss you!



Summer School 2023 "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal"
June 25th- July 7th 2023

The Summer School "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal" took place between July 25th and July 7th. The host of the summer program was the Graz University of Technology. During the thirteen days, the 13 participants from different countries learned a lot about food production in Styria. Read more[...]


Summer School 2022 "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal"
July 16th-26th 2022

After a two-year break due to Covid, the Summer School "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal" took place between July 16th and 26th. The host of the summer program was the California State University, Fresno. During the eleven days, the 13 participants from different countries learned a lot about food production in California. Read more[...]


Summer School 2019 "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal"
July 9th-21st 2019

The summer school on “Food Science and Culinary Arts – from Field to Meal” was held at our institute for the second time in cooperation with the University of Arkansas. Together with 10 participants from different countries, four students from our institute learned about food production including food safety and food processing. Read more[...]


EUROoCO 2019 - 2nd European Organ-on-Chip Conference, 2-3 July 2019, Graz, Austria

The EUROoC conference aims to gather the research leaders in the emerging field organs-on-chip (OoC) with a special focus on young and upcoming scientists. The extremely interdisciplinary field of OoC research is rapidly growing while new and innovative systems are constantly being developed. However, a variety of engineering challenges are remaining, which the OoC field has to address as a whole to enable a sustainable growth of this breakthrough technology. Read more [...]


Weurman Flavour Research Symposium

In memory of Cornelius Weurman, a pioneer of flavour research, the Weurman Flavour Research Symposium has become one of the most important international conferences on all relevant topics from the field of flavour science. Since 1975, the Weurman Flavour Research Symposium has been a unique platform for flavour scientists from all over the world offering the opportunity to discuss recent trends and developments in the field of flavour research. Read more [...]

Summer School 2017 "Food Science and Culinary Arts - from Field to Meal" - from July 9th-21st 2019

Summer School on Food Science and Culinary Arts to Maximize Food Quality: The topics of the summer school range from 'Basic Food Chemistry' over 'Food Analysis' and  'Food Microbiology' to 'Sensory Analysis Flavor and Off-Flavor Determination' and 'Global Food Trends'. It will be held in cooperation with the University of Arkansas. Short Report and Pictures [...]