The Flavor Research and Education Center (FREC) works to understand drivers of flavor perception and, ultimately, food choice.  We have built a holistic analytical platform that combines our extensive expertise with modern and advanced instrumentation to investigate and address unique and challenging aspects of flavor discovery. 

Our services include chemical profiling of non-volatile and volatile compounds in different food matrixes, quantification of aroma and flavor compounds, identification of off-flavors, activity-guided isolation of key bioactive compounds, characterization of flavor interactions—including the discovery of flavor modulating compounds, and sensory analysis as part of analytical projects.

UPLC/MS Platform

Our modern LC-MS platform delivers accurate analysis with high reproducibility. Our LC systems coupled with the most advanced MS detectors provide high-quality analysis, separation, and compound identification for all types of food samples.

Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS): triple quadrupole, and quadrupole-time of flight (Q-ToF), mass spectrometers for quantification, and structural elucidation. High-quality sample preparation with Hamilton automated robot to increase throughput and enhancing laboratory efficiencies.

  • Student with LCUPLC/MS-QToF Agilent 6546
  • UPLC/MS-QToF Agilent 6545
  • UPLC/MS-TQ-XS Xevo Waters
  • UPLC/MS-TQ-S Xevo Waters
  • UPLC/MS-QToF Xevo G2 Waters
  • Hamilton Microlab® Star Automation Robot

LC-Preparative Platform

Multiple prep-LC instrumentation together with customized fractionation methods enable fast and reproducible multi-dimensional liquid chromatography for the isolation and purification of taste active and flavor modulating compounds needed for identification (NMR) and quantification. 
Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS): single quadrupole and triple quadrupole mass spectrometers for chromatographic isolation and identification. 

  • Prep LC/MS-TQD Waters
  • Prep LC/MS-QuattroMicro API Waters
  • Prep LC/MS-Micromass ZQ Waters
  • Semi Prep LC/MS QuattroMicro Waters

GC/MS Platform

student with GCOur center has a vast background in volatile and aroma compound analysis by GC and GC-O instrumentation. Our platform offers high selectivity, specificity, and sensitivity, even for samples with low-abundant compounds. 

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (with and without olfactometry): single quadrupole, triple quadrupole, and quadrupole-time of flight (Q-ToF), mass spectrometers for quantification and structural elucidation. 

Gerstel Rail multifunctional autosamplers and sample preparation robot for GC and GC/MS. The MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) provides modern analytical laboratories high throughput, high performance, and unparalleled flexibility. 

  • GC/MS QqQ Agilent 7010B
  • GC/MS QToF Agilent 7250
  • GC/MS SQ Agilent 5977

For more information about service work, please contact:
Edisson Tello Camacho, Research Professor

Department of Food Science & Technology
2015 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210
(office) 614-688-3528