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Master's Thesis

Food and Beverage Innovation

The Master’s thesis is the core of your studies. You select modules from Entrepreneurial Skills and Advanced Life Science Skills at an early stage to prepare you for work on your thesis. From the start you work in a research group at the Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation in Wädenswil or in an external company, organisation or research facility. On the basis of your research you provide answers to specific questions and develop concrete solutions that are relevant to the world of work, research and/or society – often in collaboration with national or international partners. In your thesis you provide evidence of the ability to apply the knowledge and competences you have gained in a particular area.

Topics for the Master’s thesis

After consulting with one (or more) of the following contact persons, you choose the topic of your Master's thesis. You deepen your experimental abilities in your selected area of research and gain detailed insight into the methodologies needed to carry out demanding research projects.

Nutrition and consumer behavior

Topic (examples) Contact
What does the Swiss population eat? Analysis of beverage consumption in the Swiss language regions. Janice Sych

Aroma, non-volatile components, process development

Topics (examples) Contact
Extraction of value-determining ingredients from plant raw materials
using centrifugal separation technology
Tilo Hühn
Extraction of value-determining ingredients from coffee beans Tilo Hühn
Extraction of value-determining ingredients from cocoa beans Tilo Hühn
Smell of hell? Investigations on the aroma-impact of volatile phenols in food and beverages Irene Chetschik
Honour the bean: Molecular characterisation of the flavour profiles of cocoa beans
of different origins
Irene Chetschik
Tilo Hühn
CoCoTea (Cocoa, Coffee, Tea) - Localisation of plant components in the cell by
FT-IR microscopy
Vasilisa Pedan
Tilo Hühn
CoCoTea (Cocoa, Coffee, Tea) - Characterisation of polyphenols using HPTLC-MS
and HPLC-MS
Vasilisa Pedan
CoCoTea (Cocoa, Coffee, Tea) - Isolation and characterization of flavour and health
beneficial components by centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC)
Vasilisa Pedan
Isolation and characterization of plant proteins Vasilisa Pedan
Investigation of the release of herbal raw materials from cosmetic formulations
using diffusion cells and FT-IR microscopy
Vasilisa Pedan
Petra Huber

Food Biotechnology

Topic (examples) Contact
Development of fermenter for highly viscous food side streams Nadina Müller
Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Fermentation of pulse hulls at low water activity Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Nadina Müller
Microbes for Chocolate - Antifungal protective cultures for cocoa bean fermentation
(Honduras, Bolivia)
Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Simple but effective - Optimization of the post-harvest Process of cocoa beans (Ecuador) Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
The little Defenders - Anti-Listeria active protective cultures for food fermentations Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Natural Preservation of Bread - Antimicrobial cultures for bakery products Susanne Miescher Schwenninger

Food Packaging

Topic (examples) Contact
Antimicrobial films for food packaging applications Selçuk Yildirim
Oxygen scavenging films for food packaging applications Selçuk Yildirim
Active packaging to develop clean label bakery products Selçuk Yildirim
Active packaging to prevent oxidation in food Selçuk Yildirim

Food Technology

Topic (examples) Contact
The whole whole grain bread Mathias Kinner
Wheat based soft bread with sourdough Mathias Kinner
Sidestreams in food production - an underutilised market Mathias Kinner
Development of fermenter for highly viscous food side streams Nadina Müller
Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Usage of ultrafine-milled fiber rich by-products in bakery products Nadina Müller
Development of fermenter for highly viscous food side streams Nadina Müller
Fermentation of pulse hulls at low water activity Susanne Miescher Schwenninger
Nadina Müller
Investigation of Vitamins and other Quality Aspects of HPP-Processed Baby Foods Janice Sych
Extraction and characterisation of novel food proteins Beatrice Baumer

Supply Chain Management

Topic (examples) Contact
Analysis of market price drivers in the Swiss food industry
and preparation of a forecast model for selected goods
Marcel Burkhard