Food Group


The Food Group is one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit Royal Society of Chemistry members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the Royal Society of Chemistry's strategy and charter.


The aims of the group are to promote the role of chemistry in food and enable transfer and sharing of information and networking between academia and the food industry. This includes analytical, biochemical , chemical , physical , nutritional and toxicological aspects of food and food ingredients and the composition and relationships between structure and functionality throughout the entire food chain in a way to enhance sustainability and food and nutrition security.

  • To foster an awareness of the importance of chemistry in the food chain.
  • To encourage interactions between scientists and technologists engaged in food R&D.
  • To help transfer such scientific research from ideas to applications.    

Hot Topics

RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2019

The Food Group is very pleased to confirm the winner of this year’s Junior Medal award is Dr Anwesha Sarkar (University of Leeds). Anwesha’s research has led to scientific breakthroughs in designing novel food structures with targeted oral lubrication. She was awarded a European Research Council Grant (ERC) to fund Project LubSat and based on step change research highlighted, it’s believed that this work could lead to multiple health related food solutions. The award will be presented in the first quarterof 2020 at Burlington House with more details to follow.

The aim of this award is to encourage and recognise excellence in early career scientists in the application of chemical sciences to the study of all aspects of food, drawing attention to the challenges in the food industry.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev's Periodic Table

The RSC Food Group has produced a Food Related Periodic Table, highlighting the function of selected elements in food chemistry, to celebrate this important milestone. It highlights element occurrences and roles in food and the body and offers an engaging tool for Outreach and educational activities. See below for this month’s elements and the link above to the complete Food Chemistry Periodic Table for more.

IYPT 2019 For Your Inspiration: The Elements of Success, 15 November 2019 at the Royal Institution, London

The RSC Food Group was represented at this RSC event by Robert Cordina and supported by Mondelez. With approximately 150 attendees, the target audience was chemistry students and students interested in chemistry, ranging from 10 year olds to university students, with the majority being those finishing their GCSEs or A levels. There were a range of industries and research groups, from food to pharmaceuticals, to industrial coatings, batteries and photochemistry and considerable interest was shown in our Food Chemistry periodic table, as shown below

Image showing the food periodic table displayed on screen at an event

Other outreach activities

We have also had support by the Nantwich Museum promoting our table with their Joseph Priestley exhibition and in December will be part of an outreach event at the Farmers Market Bristol, with the goal of raising interest and understanding of food chemistry.

2nd Food Chemistry Conference, Seville, Spain 17-19 September 2019

More than 400 food scientists attended the conference to discuss the impact of research on food quality, nutrition and health and food safety. The RSC Food Group was represented by Dr Jane Parker of The University of Reading, presented our Food Chemistry Periodic Table and generated a lot of interest with attendees, which we hope will lead to wider use of the tool to engage school children and the general public.

Engaging food scientists with our Food Chemistry periodic table in Seville

Engaging food scientists with our Food Chemistry periodic table in Seville

December elements and their role in food are silver, gold and titanium

Image detailing the role of silver in food

Image detailing the role of gold in food

Image detailing the role of titanium in food

Food Related Periodic Table

Activities of the Food Group to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table 2019


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Downloadable Files

Food Group Annual Report 2018
Download the full report here
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Food group vision and mission
Download this PowerPoint presentation to find out more about the Food group vision and mission
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RSC Food Group History
This document covers 35 years from 1973 to 2008 and provides a historical record of the Chairmen, Hon. Secretaries and Hon. Treasurers of the Group, meetings organised, publications and winners of Food Group Medals.
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Naturals in Foods
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Part 2 New Food article June 2019
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Annual Report 2018
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Related Links

Link icon Food - The Vital Ingredient
Order your copy of "Food - The Vital Ingredient" here

Link icon Food Oral Processing Conference 2018 - Abstract Book
Download the book of abstracts

Link icon BFR York 2017
More information about the International Symposium on Flame Retardants Conference

Link icon Food Oral Processing
More information about the Food Oral Processing conference

Link icon MyRSC Food Group
This group is open to anyone with an interest in food science. You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

Link icon European Technology Platform
Follow this link for the "Food for Life" Newsletter

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141

Picture of Dr Kathy Ridgway CChem MRSC

Dr Kathy Ridgway CChem MRSC