• 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.



Kirsten Günther-Jordanland, Corinna Dawid, Thomas Hofmann. Quantitation and Taste Contribution of Sensory Active Molecules in Oat (Avena sativa L.). 2020. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Article ASAP. doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.0c04022

Mohammed S. M. Al-Azzawi, Simone Kefer, Jana Weißer, Julia Reichel, Christoph Schwaller, Karl Glas, Oliver Knoop and Jörg E. Drewes. Validation of Sample Preparation Methods for Microplastic Analysis in Wastewater Matrices—Reproducibility and Standardization. 2020. Water, 12, 2445. doi.org/10.3390/w12092445

Amira Metwaly, Andreas Dunkel, Nadine Waldschmitt, Abilash Chakravarthy Durai Raj, Ilias Lagkouvardos, Ana Maria Corraliza, Aida Mayorgas, Margarita Martinez-Medina, Sinah Reiter, Michael Schloter, Thomas Hofmann, Matthieu Allez, Julian Panes, Azucena Salas & Dirk Haller. Integrated microbiota and metabolite profiles link Crohn’s disease to sulfur metabolism. 2020. Nature Communications 11, 4322. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17956-1