• SENSOMICS: from sensory active molecules to culinary authenticity

  • BIOACTIVES: from natural product chemistry to biological function

  • NUTRITIONAL METABOLOMICS: from metabolite profiling to biomarker discovery

  • PHYTOMETABOLOMICS: from plant stress to metabolic response

  • WATER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: engineering the molecule of life

The chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science at the Technische Universität München (TUM) comprises international research teams with the following focus areas:

  • SENSOMICS | Structural decoding and functional reconstruction of chemosensory signatures of foods and beverages.

  • BIOACTIVES | Activity-guided discovery of bioactive natural products in foods und complex biological systems.

  • NUTRITIONAL METABOLOMICS | Human metabolism of biofunctional food ingredients using metabolomics profiling and molecular definition of nutritive biomarker profiles.

  • PHYTOMETABOLOMICS | Molecular and functional mapping of the metabolic response of food plants on abiotic and biotic stress conditions.

  • WATER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING | Process development for water treatment and infrastructure- and process-oriented management of energy and material flow in the food and beverage industry.

Since its inception in 2007, the group is headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Hofmann who is also co-director of the Bavarian Center for Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry (BayBioMS) and since 2009 Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation at TUM.



State-of-the-art methods of instrumental analysis, human psychophysics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics are combined with a decade of professional experience to form a platform of knowledge and competency with international reputation.



Food Chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary field of chemistry which on the basis of fundamental molecular knowledge delivers key competences to address  challenges in the fields of nutrition, food toxicology, food microbiology, and food technology.



Villaécija-Aguilar, José A.; Hamon-Josse, Maxime; Carbonnel, Samy; Kretschmar, Annika; Schmid, Christian; Dawid, Corinna; Bennett, Tom; Gutjahr, Caroline. SMAX1/SMXL2 regulate root and root hair development downstream of KAI2-mediated signalling in Arabidopsis. PLOS Genetics. 15(8): e1008327, 2019. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008327

Brendel, Sabrina; Hofmann, Thomas; Granvogl, Michael. Characterization of Key Aroma Compounds in Pellets of Different Hop Varieties (Humulus Lupulus L.) by Means of the Sensomics Approach. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b05174

Molyneux, Russell J.; Beck, John J.; Colegate, Steven M.; Edgar, John A.; Gaffield, William; Gilbert, John; Hofmann, Thomas; McConnell, Laura L.; Schieberle, Peter. Guidelines for unequivocal structural identification of compounds with biological activity of significance in food chemistry (IUPAC Technical Report). Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2019, 91(8), pp. 1417-1437. Doi:10.1515/pac-2017-1204.