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Petra Huber

Petra Huber

Petra Huber

ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
Forschungsgruppe für Lebensmittel-Chemie

8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 57 28

Arbeit an der ZHAW

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW

Dozentin für Kosmetik und Toxikologie
Senior lecturer for cosmetics and toxicology


Lehrtätigkeit in der Weiterbildung

Kosmetiksensorik: Einführungskurs mit Zusatzmodul Duftsensorik

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Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

Summary – activities at the ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management in Wädenswil (ZH, Switzerland), Zurich University of Applied Sciences

On going projects at the ZHAW:

- Energy-efficient production in the cosmetics industry, a contribution to
sustainable processes (co-project with HSLU, Lucerne University of Applied
Sciences and Art, HSLU, main funding partner Swiss Federal Office for Energy)

- Biometric testing concepts for the detection of emotional effects in cosmetics
(funded project with FFA, Forschungsfond Aargau)

- implementation of a objective sensorial panel for cosmetic products
- sensory assessments by trained panelist to understand formulations tactile
sensorial properties e.g. in relation to compliance and preference by consumer
- implementation and organisation of courses and workshops in cosmetic sensory
- correlation of sensorial attributes with instrumental measurements

- studies with the vertical Franz-cell skin model for biological and safety impact
of the formulation on skin delivery and penetration characteristics

- development of cosmetic formulations (leave-on, rinse-off) with focus on
sensorial improvement

- „Think-tank“- project coordination with students for new product ideas with the
bias food/non-food-cosmetics

Performed projects:
o project coordination “nutrient and beauty” for product innovations like functional food (“beauty food”) (2010/11)
o KTI Project „Anti-AGE molecules at 3-D skin model“ (2010/12)
o „African Repellens“ – deputy head of development project with the University
Neuenburg (Switzerland), icipe (Nairobi, Kenya) und Swiss Tropical Institute
Basel (Switzerland), financed by UBS Optimus Foundation (2010/12)
o “Hautpenetration pflanzlicher Wirkstoffe”, an applied research project (ZHAW)
about the penetration of polyphenols (2012/13)
o Statistical modelling tools to predict the sensory perception of leave-on products
from their physicochemical properties: a feasibility study, an industrial Project
with Fraunhofer Institute IVV, Weihenstephan (2014/2015)

and various applied research and development projects with industrial Partners in the domain of sensory Analysis, predictive modelling or formulation.

Beruflicher Werdegang

Work experience

1995-2000 pharmacist in pharmacies

2000-2002 scientific manager for the division Cosmétique Active (Suisse) SA,
L’Oréal Groupe

from February 2002 till today

Lecturer for cosmetics and toxicology, ZHAW School of Live Sciences and
Facility Management in Wädenswil (ZH, Switzerland), Zurich University of
Applied Sciences Parallel part-time activity in pharmacies in Zurich and
Crans-Montana (Switzerland)

2009 awardee of the Kurt J. Pfeiffer memorial, together with the University
of Applied Sciences, for extraordinary contributions to the developement
of cosmetology in Switzerland and for the SWISS SCC

2017 Poster Award IFSCC (International Federation of the Society of Cosmetic
Chemists)received at the 29th IFSCC Conference in Seoul, Korea
for the Paper "How far can we predict sensorial feelings by instrumental

2018 - 2021

Chair of Publication for the IFSCC Magazine and board member of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists

2011 - 2021

Board Member of SWISS SCC, Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists, field of responsibility „Scientific Activities“; organization und realization of scientific occasions (advanced training course and und scientific programme of the general meeting)

Sept. 2013 - 2017

Board Member of the Award Committee of the IFSCC

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Education and qualifications

1990-95 Academic Studies Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETH Zurich,
Master in pharmaceutical sciences (Msc)

1997-99 Postgraduate studies MAS in Management,Technology and Economics/BWI, ETH Zurich

1999 Diploma Thesis „Marketing concept for a service brand/Franchising“, Galenica SA

2005 Diploma “Fachapothekerin FPH”, specialization for office-pharmacists, Swiss federation of pharmacists, achieved in march 2005, with required continuing education

2016 CAS Hochschuldidaktik, Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

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Beiträge in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift, peer-reviewed
Buchbeiträge, peer-reviewed
Konferenzbeiträge, peer-reviewed
Weitere Publikationen
Mündliche Konferenzbeiträge und Abstracts

Publikationen vor Tätigkeit an der ZHAW