Flavors & Fragrances

Headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) coupled with analysis on a capillary GC column is an ideal approach for characterizing quality and composition of flavor & fragrance components. SPME typically requires a short extraction time compared to other preparation techniques, and minimizes interference by other components in the matrix. SPME can also be used to chemically fingerprint the volatile components of natural foods. Multiple SPME fiber chemistries are available, as well as convenient multi-fiber, multi-chemistry kits.

If the flavor & fragrance compound of interest is enantiomeric, a specialized analytical column must be used for properly identification and quantitation. Supelco offers an impressive list of chiral GC columns through its Astec® and DEX product lines.

Technical Article:
Analysis of Polyphenolic Compounds and Vanillin in Cocoa Using Ascentis Express RP-Amide and MS Detection