Dr Megan Thornton



Lecturer In Food Chemistry/ Flavour Science


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 925 17261


Megan completed her Bachelor of Forensic Science with First Class Honours in 2008, with a synthetic organic chemistry thesis entitled "Synthesis and Biochemical Evaluation of Indole-Based PPARγ Ligands". She then went on to do her PhD, once again in synthetic organic chemistry, researching the "Synthesis of Flavonoids and Flavonoid-Based Designed Multiple Ligands for Hypertension". Since then, she has been lecturing in the area of food science within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science in the Health Faculty at Deakin University, Burwood. She conducts her research on food aromas, using Gas Chromatography-Olfactometry (GC-O), within the Centre for Advanced Sensory Science (CASS).

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Biography summary

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Research interests

  • Analysis of Food Aroma by Gas Chromatography-Olfactometry (GC-O) - includes analysis of off-flavour development.
  • Analysis of food composition using HPLC and GC
  • Synthetic organic chemistry

Teaching interests

  • Food Science and Food Chemistry
  • The use of educational technology
  • Using video applications (eg. Educreations) to flip the classroom

Knowledge areas

Synthetic organic chemistry, food analysis methods, gas chromatography-olfactometry, educational technology.

Professional activities

Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Member of the Australian Institute of Food Science Technology (AIFST)

Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Chair of the Food, Nutrition and Analytical Chemistry (FNAC) Committee of the RACI


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Recent advances in the synthesis of diphenylmethyl ethers

Dr Megan Thornton, A/Prof Luke Henderson

(2013), Vol. 45, pp. 395-420, Organic preparations and procedures international, London, England, C1



Dr Megan Thornton, Peter C. Healy, A/Prof Luke Henderson

(2013), Vol. E69, pp. 1-8, Acta crystallographica. Section E, structure reports online, Chester, Eng., C1-1


Protic ionic liquids as recyclable solvents for the acid catalysed synthesis of diphenylmethyl thioethers

A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Megan Thornton, Dr Nolene Byrne, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Kelsey Waugh, Miss Jennifer Suzanne Squire, Dr Linden Servinis, Mr Josh Delaney, Miss Hannah Brozinski, Mr Luke Andrighetto, Mr Jarrad Altimari

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 634-639, Comptes rendus chimie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Chemiluminescence evidence supporting the selective role of ligands in the permanganate oxidation of micropollutants

Mr Mark Roderick, Dr Jacqui Adcock, Ms Jessica Terry, Dr Zoe Smith, Mr Sam Parry, Dr Stuart Linton, Dr Megan Thornton, Prof Colin Barrow, Prof Paul Francis

(2013), Vol. 117, pp. 10286-10293, Journal of physical chemistry A, Washington, D.C., C1


Accessing highly-halogenated flavanones using protic ionic liquids and microwave irradiation

Dr Megan Thornton, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, A/Prof Fred Pfeffer

(2012), Vol. 16, pp. 121-126, Current organic chemistry, Bussum, Netherlands, C1


Rapid formation of diphenylmethyl ethers and thioethers using microwave irradiation and protic ionic liquids

Mr Jarrad Altimari, Dr Linden Servinis, Miss Jennifer Suzanne Squire, Dr Megan Thornton, Miss Simren Kaur Khosa, Dr Benjamin Long, Mr Mark Johnstone, A/Prof Luke Henderson

(2012), Vol. 53, pp. 2035-2039, Tetrahedron letters, Oxford, England, C1



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