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.
Plastics from Cradle to Grave and Resurrection
SCI-RSC Plastics from Cradle to Grave and Resurrection a new 1 day conference was held jointly with SCI on 19th June 2019 at SCI London. The focus was on assessing challenges and opportunities for researchers, industry and government covering the full cycle of plastics and other replacement materials. The RSC and SCI Food Groups jointly sponsored a poster prize, awarded to Maria Pin-No for “Production and commercialisation of pinene acrylates and methacrylate: A sustainable alternative to common monomers” and best presentation prize to Alvin Orbaek White for “How to turn plastic waste into a commodity by using nanotechnology”
Naturals in food: facts, myths and perceptions published article
Following a meeting held by the Food Group in October 2018, part two of the article was published by New Food in June. Scientists and Committee members examine the true meaning of the term ‘natural’ within the food sector, and examine whether or not it’s always a safer, more nutritious choice. A pdf of this article can be found in downloadable files below.
RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2019
Our call for nominations is now open to all early career scientists from industry and academia. For more information and to download this year’s nomination form please find under our Awards section above. Nomination deadline is 18th October 2019.
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 Food Related Periodic Table for more.
July elements and their role in food are carbon (the “King of the elements”) and cobalt an essential trace element
June's elements and their roles in food are Sodium and Calcium:
May's elements and their roles in food were Fluorine and Iron:
We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.
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
Food Group Annual Report 2018
Download the full report here
Food group vision and mission
Download this PowerPoint presentation to find out more about the Food group vision and mission
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.
Naturals in Foods
Part 2 New Food article June 2019
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Food - The Vital Ingredient
Order your copy of "Food - The Vital Ingredient" here
Food Oral Processing Conference 2018 - Abstract Book
Download the book of abstracts
BFR York 2017
More information about the International Symposium on Flame Retardants Conference
Food Oral Processing
More information about the Food Oral Processing conference
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
European Technology Platform
Follow this link for the "Food for Life" Newsletter
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Contact and Further Information
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141
Dr Kathy Ridgway CChem MRSC