Universität Wien FIND

270074 VO+SE Mass spectrometric applications in food chemistry (2021S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 16 participants
Language: German, English



All sessions will take place online via BigBlueButton (microphone and camera welcome).

ATTENTION - the dates will be discussed with the registered students, as a few overlaps are already known.

Wednesday, 3 March from 10-12 (including preliminary discussion and setting/coordination of further dates)
Thursday, 4 March from 10-12
Friday, 5 March from 10-12

Monday April 12 from 10 to 12 (student presentations) and from 13 to 16 (exercise triple quadrupole mass spectrometry)
Wednesday April 14 from 11 to 13 (student presentations)
Friday April 16 from 13 to 16 (exercise high resolution mass spectrometry)


Aims, contents and method of the course

Objectives: After completing this course, students have gained an insight into different mass spectrometric (MS) applications in the food industry. They know the necessary steps of method development and optimisation of MS methods. Furthermore, you will be able to select a suitable method depending on the task.

Contents: Based on the knowledge acquired in the compulsory course, various applications of mass spectrometric methods in food chemistry will be discussed and the knowledge will be deepened. Content of this seminar is the coupling of gas- as well as liquid chromatographic separation methods with different types of mass spectrometers (triple quadrupoles, QTOF, Orbitrap, ...).

Method: Short lectures serve as a repetition of the basic knowledge and for the definition of important terms. In the context of group work and small exercises, a wide variety of applications are worked through. An oral presentation of a freely chosen topic/publication rounds off the course.

In order to get the best possible benefit from this course, it is recommended to have attended the lecture 270035 Mass Spectrometry in advance. If there are more interested students than places, students of the Master "Food Chemistry" have priority.

Assessment and permitted materials

The type of performance assessment remains unchanged despite of the changed situation: presentations and associated discussions are held online, exercises are carried out alone and discussed online.
- Collaboration
- Group work and exercises during the teaching units (March & April dates)
- Oral presentation of a freely chosen topic during the seminar (April dates)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In general, attendance is compulsory. In the case of excused absence from a unit, a short examination on the material covered in that unit may be conducted if necessary.
To achieve a positive grade, 50% of the maximum possible number of points must be achieved. Each partial performance must be completed at the end of the course.

Examination topics

The content of the units, group work and presentation are required to complete the sub-credits.

Reading list

Relevant literature is continuously posted on Moodle during the course.

Association in the course directory


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