Single-Course English 4 ECTS

Lipid Biochemistry, Technology, Applications and Analysis

Overall Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to practical applications in lipid biochemistry, lipid nutrition, biotechnology and advanced lipid analytical methods through lectures and laboratory experiments. The following areas will be covered: modification of lipids and lipid processing, lipid metabolism, lipid oxidation and antioxidants, and different lipid analytical methods including methods for analysis of lipophilic contaminants and vitamins

Learning Objectives

  • Perform experiments in one of the four themes (1) lipid modification, 2) lipid applications and oxidation, 3) lipophilic vitamins and 4) lipophilic contaminants
  • Understand the reading materials for an experiment and perform the experiment in accordance herewith
  • Evaluate and interprete the experimental findings
  • Present the experimental findings in an understandable way
  • Describe the enzymatic process of the production of structured lipids
  • Select the critical techniques for the analysis of lipids
  • Describe the challenges related to applications of omega-3 fatty acids in foods and how the challenges can be overcome
  • Describe the analysis of lipophilic contaminants
  • Understand the process of risk assessment of novel fats
  • Describe the important steps in the analysis of vitamin D as well as the content of vitamin D in foods
  • Organize collaboration in a heterogenous group

Course Content

The course will include 2 ½ days seminar covering advanced lipid biochemistry, technology, applications and analysis as well as an introduction to lipid related chemical contaminants and compounds introduced during processing. Principles for risk-assessment and setting of maximum residue-levels will also be introduced. The presentations will be given by the course organisers as well as invited guest speakers from universities and industry. The course will also include experimental work in 4 modules on 1) lipid modification, 2) lipid applications and oxidation, 3) lipophilic vitamins and 4) lipophilic contaminants. For the lipid modification module, enzymatic processing of structured lipids in enzyme reactors will be conducted. For the lipid application and oxidation module, the possibilities of using omega-3 PUFA in selected food systems will be exemplified including evaluation of oxidative stability. Head-space GC/MS will be conducted to evaluate the volatiles. For the vitamin exercise you will get hands on experience in sample preparation and analysis of vitamin D as well as opportunity to try data analysis of data from LC-MS analysis of vitamin D. For the analysis of lipid contaminants, principles on extraction and detection (e.g. GC-MS) techniques will be illustrated.

Each participant will be asked to select one experimental module among the four topics mentioned above. Moreover, the participants will have to understand the theory related to the experimental module. The theory will be presented to the rest of the participants on the last day of the course. Finally, the course will also include a seminar from the participants, who will present their own PhD studies.

Teaching Method

All day activities with lectures, group work and excercises


Price: Food and exercises: 2000 kr
Price for participants from the industry: 10.000 kr

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 8, Maximum: 16.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 23832
Course type PhD
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

10.600,00 DKK

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