WORKSHOP – Optical spectroscopy for food applications: a photonic tasting

In the context of Conferenza del Colore 2015 – Milano, Italy
9 September 2015, 14:30-18:30
Building B8, Dipartimento di Design, Campus Bovisa, Politecnico di Milano
Via Durando,10 – 20158 Milano, Italy


Optical spectroscopy is currently emerging as a modern and green analytical technique for straightforward analysis of the intact food. Indeed, the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared spectroscopic bands provide unique fingerprints of food which can be mathematically processed for qualitative and quantitative assessment of quality and safety indicators, as well as for fraud detection. The non-destructive nature of light measurements also enables rapid checks without making use of reagents or chemical treatments, thus avoiding the problem of waste disposal. The scope of the workshop is to present and discuss the most promising applications of colorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, and computer-screen photoassisted spectroscopy for food analysis. Hands-on demonstrations with commercial instruments and laboratory prototypes will also be included. The workshop is jointly organized by Gruppo del Colore-Associazione Italiana Colore, and Società Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica. Participation to the event is free of charge, registration is mandatory for organizational reasons.


14:30-15:00 Registration and welcome
15:00-15:20 Giovanni Agati, CNR-Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, Fluorescence spectroscopy for precision agriculture
15:20-15:40 Anna Grazia Mignani, CNR-Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, A compact colorimeter for measuring lycopene in tomatoes
15:40-16:00 Corrado di Natale, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Computer-screen photoassisted spectroscopy for food applications
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16.30-16.50 Ernestina Casiraghi, Università degli Studi di Milano, NIR and MIR spectroscopy for olive oil quality assessment and geographic classification
16.50-17:10 Silvia Serranti, Sapienza-Università di Roma, Hyperspectral imaging for food analysis
17.10-17.30 Maurizio Messa, Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V., Color measurements on food specimens
17.30-18:30 Hands-on demonstrations with commercial instruments and laboratory prototypes


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