Dr Brunton has an MSc and PhD from the School of Agriculture and Food at University College Dublin. He has 30 years of expertise in food chemistry, sample extraction and chromatography analysis. Nigel specialises in the area of phytochemicals and recovery of valuable compounds from food waste. He has published 191 journal articles and his current google scholar H-Index is 51. Since 2012, he has been awarded over EUR1.1m in research funding from agencies including the European Commission (H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. He is a work-package leader in an H2020 grant and Spoke project leader at BiOrbic. He presently supervises 5 graduate students, 1 post-doctoral fellow and 3 research assistants. Dr Brunton works with a range of companies including those interested in recovering products from waste, those that develop technologies to recover food ingredients, and those that seek to use valuable recovered products. He has recently submitted 2 invention disclosures on plant bio-actives that will be exploited.
- 1997-2000: PhD in Food Science. University College Dublin. Description: My thesis was concerned with detection and quantification of lipid oxidation in cooked turkey breast muscle by instrumental and sensory analysis.
- 1996-1997: MSc. in Food science, University College Dublin (2nd Class honour). Description: My final year project involved the sizing of homogenized milk fat globules using laser diffraction spectrometry
- 1991-1995: BSc. in Chemistry (2nd Class honour) with Pharmacology and Biochemistry as minor subjects
Measures of esteem:
- Supervised 11 PhD/Masters Students since joining UCD in 2012
- Member of FSAI chemical sub-safety committee since 2017
- Members of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Teaching and Learning, and Equality and Diversity Committees