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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Food and Natural Product Analysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.
Prof. Francesco Cacciola Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Odontoiatriche e delle Immagini Morfologiche e Funzionali, University of Messina, Via Consolare Valeria, 98125 Messina, Italy
Interests: phenols; flavonoids; anthocyanins; antioxidants; food chemistry; natural products; plant extracts; liquid chromatography; comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography; mass spectrometry
According to its definition, a “nutrient” has been considered for decades “a substance that an organism must obtain from its surroundings for growth and the sustenance of life”. More recently, the term has evolved towards a more “comprehensive” meaning, including not only organic (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins) and inorganic nutrients (water, oxygen, minerals) present in food but also bioactive non-nutrients, anti-nutrients, toxicants and contaminants. Food chemistry is committed to the assessment of food quality and authenticity, the control of a technological process, the determination of nutritional values and the detection of molecules with possible beneficial or toxic effects on human health. In this regard, analytical methods should allow the determination of the main components of food samples but can also be selective and sensitive enough to determine minor components. The elucidation of antioxidants in food and natural products represents a challenge for understanding the molecular forms responsible for the health-related properties attributed to them. As a consequence, a salient task of food chemistry consists in the continuous improvement and development of analytical methodologies. This Special Issue aims to collect papers dealing with the characterization of bioactive molecules in food and natural products in order to provide an updated overview of the state of the art in antioxidant analysis; moreover, papers describing recent developments in both extraction and qualitative–quantitative determination of bioactive molecules will be especially welcome.
Assoc. Prof. Robert Shellie
Prof. Francesco Cacciola
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Food analysis
- Natural products
- Mass spectrometry
- Sample preparation