The Master of science program

Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products

The Master of science program

Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

Independently of the thesis thematic area, students acquire standard common competencies such as literature reviewing, hypothesis formulation and experimental design, scientific writing and critical interpretation of results. Linked to the thematic area of their research work, students gain specific competencies that might fall in different groups:

  • antioxidants and methods for their evaluation; chemiluminescence in-house techniques
  • natural product isolation and structural identification
  • chemical fingerprinting as a tool for authentication
  • quality analyses of food products
  • synthesis of natural products
  • the exploitation of inexpensive renewable sources and agro industrial waste in view of obtaining added value products

Research activities

Topics generally available for Master of Science theses:

  • antioxidants and methods for their evaluation; chemiluminescence in-house techniques
  • natural product isolation and structural identification
  • chemical fingerprinting as a tool for authentication
  • quality analyses of food products
  • synthesis of natural products
  • the exploitation of inexpensive renewable sources and agro industrial waste in view of obtaining added value products

Indicative master thesis realized whithin the area

  1. Title: Evaluation of the chemical profile and antioxidant activity of marine algae from the Aegean and Ionian Seas (2011).
    Author: Marija MIRCHEVSKA, FYROM
    Place of Realisation: Department of Food Quality & Chemistry of Natural Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
    Thesis director: Prof. Vassilios Roussis
  1. Title: Assessment of synergistic and/or prooxidant activity of mixtures of polyphenols at different molar ratios (2010).
    Author: Lamis Choueiri, Lebanon
    Place of Realisation: Department of Food Quality & Chemistry of Natural Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
    Thesis director: Prof. Antony C. Calokerinos

  1. Title. Crude Peroxidase Extract from Onion: Activity on o-Diphenol & Pentahydroxy Chalcone Oxidative Cyclisation into Aureusidin (2009).
    Author: Sonia MOUSSOUNI, ALGERIA
    Place of Realisation: Department of Food Quality & Chemistry of Natural Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece.
    Thesis director: Dr. Panagiotis Kefalas

  1. Title: Antioxidant behaviour of polyphenols mixtures in model systems and correlation with redox potential: Distinction of synergistic and / or prooxidant effects (2008).
    Author: Mario Abou Samra, Lebanon
    Place of Realisation: Department of Food Quality & Chemistry of Natural Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
    Thesis director: Prof. Antony C. Calokerinos

  1. Title: Tea and herbal infusions: their antioxidant activity and phenolic profile (2003)
    Author: Ali Khalil Atoui, Agro-Nutritional Technology, Lebanon
    Place of Realisation: Department of Food Quality Management & Chemistry of Natural Products, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
    Thesis director: Dr. George Boskou

Last update: Sep 13, 2017