Analytical Opportunities and Challenges in Essential Oils Analysis


It is now two decades that comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromate-graphy (GC×GC) has been available. The multidimensional GC and GC×GC provide very high separation power and proved to be useful to assist in screening mass spectrometry data for saffron essential oil, giving better identification. Integrating MDGC with GC×GC for aroma analysis allows Philip’s team to profile the overall sample composition, with MDGC permitting dual olfactometry (sniffing) and MS detection, and odour-active compound identification. The discovery aspect GC×GC-accTOFMS provides a unique ability to ask critical questions about minor and major components in samples like coffee, wine, orange juice, banana liquor, and herb, and the increased secondary metabolite coverage simply gives researchers an expanded pool of compounds upon which to draw conclusions. This talk will start with a brief ‘tutorial’ introduction to Philip’s methods, and feature research conducted by some of his Malaysia students.

Speaker's Profile:

Philip J Marriott is a Professor in the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Monash University. His PhD was from LaTrobe University. He undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol, UK. His first academic appointment (5 years) was at the School of Chemistry, National University of Singapore. He moved to his present position at Monash University in 2010. He received an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, and has held Distinguished Professorships in Portugal, Korea and Brazil. His primary research is in GC and MS, specifically in comprehensive 2D GC and multidimensional GC, covering fundamental method development and a broad applications base. He has published 345 research papers and book chapters.