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Scientific Advisory Board > Professor Erich Leitner

Professor Erich Leitner

Head of Food Chemistry and Sensory Analysis Research, Graz University of Technology

Professor Leitner studied technical chemistry at the Graz University of Technology, Austria (TU Graz), going on to obtain his master's degree in 1988 and PhD in 1991. He subsequently went on to achieve his "venia docendi" in food chemistry in 2005. He is now head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry and holds a professorship for “Analytics of Food and Food Contact Materials”, which is mainly concerned with quality parameters. His group’s research focuses on the identification of volatile and odor active substances in food and food contact materials. They utilize a trained expert panel and analytical techniques centered around gas chromatography for the identification and quantification of flavor and off-flavor substances in different matrices. Recently, they have also targeted substances of toxicological concern, like mineral oil residues and their analytical determination, as they have gained relevance.