Sean LaFond

 Sean  LaFond

Position

  • Food Science and Technology

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Degree Pursuing:

Ph.D.

Degrees:

B.S. Albion College, Chemistry

M.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Research:

Sean’s research focuses on the examining the effects of traditional perfume fixatives on the flavor of beverage systems.  Perfume fixatives are high molecular weight compounds that are added to a perfume in part to change the evaporation rate of more volatile components.  Current research in this area is looking at a class of perfume fixatives, musk compounds, and their ability to blend disparate flavors into one cohesive flavor.  Preliminary research indicates that this is a psychological rather than physical phenomenon.

Specifically, his interests include examining the role of high molecular weight compounds on food flavor and the development sensory methods using minimally trained panels.