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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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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isotope dilution hplc-ms/ms for simultaneous quantification of acrylamide and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (hmf) in thermally processed seafood

L Qin, Y-Y Zhang, X-B Xu, X-S Wang, H-W Liu, D-Y Zhou, B-W Zhu, M Thornton

(2017), Vol. 232, pp. 633-638, Food Chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


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

L Henderson, M Thornton, N Byrne, B Fox, K Waugh, J Squire, L Servinis, J Delaney, H Brozinski, L Andrighetto, J Altimari

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


Recent advances in the synthesis of diphenylmethyl ethers

M Thornton, L Henderson

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


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

M Roderick, J Adcock, J Terry, Z Smith, S Parry, S Linton, M Thornton, C Barrow, P Francis

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



M Thornton, P Healy, L Henderson

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


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

J Altimari, J Delaney, L Servinis, J Squire, M Thornton, S Khosa, B Long, M Johnstone, C Fleming, F Pfeffer, S Hickey, M Wride, T Ashton, B Fox, N Byrne, L Henderson

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


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

M Thornton, L Henderson, N Byrne, F Pfeffer

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

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