Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner
Food Chemist
Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
Emil Fischer Center
Henkestr. 9
D-91054 Erlangen
Tel.: +49-(0)9131-85-22739
Tel.: +49-(0)8161-491715
Fax: +49-(0)8161-491777

Researcher ID (Web of Knowledge): E-2510-2011


Since April 2017 Deputy Institute Director Fraunhofer IVV,
Freising, Germany
Since Feb. 2012 Professor for Aroma Research University of Erlangen
Since Jan. 2007 Head of Department
”Sensory Analytics“
Fraunhofer IVV,
Freising, Germany
Nov. 2007 – Oct. 2011 Group leader junior research group
„Molecular principles of human nutrition“
University Erlangen-
Nuremberg, Germany
July 2006  Habilitation in Food Chemistry
„Aroma release and perception
during consumption of food”
TU Munich
Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2006 Research Fellow for Habilitation
Grant for excellent junior researchers,
TU Munich
April 2004 – Dec. 2005 Research Fellow for Habilitation
Habilitationsstipendium HWP II
DFA, Munich
April 2002 – March 2004 Research Fellow for Habilitation
DFG-grant BU 1351/1
DFA, Munich
Jan. 1999 – March 2002 Research Scientist, Post-Doc DFA, Munich
TU Munich
Sept. 1995 – Jan. 1999 PhD in Food Chemistry
“Odorants in Citrus Juices“
German Research Center of Food Chemistry (DFA),
Munich, and TU Munich
May 1991 – June 1995 Undergraduate degree in
Food Chemistry
Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU),
Munich, Germany
Nov. 1990 – Feb. 1991   Study of Chemistry Technical University (TU)
Munich, Germany

Research stays

March/April 1997
COST Action 96 research grant Univ. of Nottingham
Sept./Oct. 2002
Joseph-Schormüllerresearch grant
Univ. of Pisa

Offers/appointments for Professorship

2011 Offer of a W3-Professorship for Food Sensory Sciences, University Hohenheim
2011 Offer of a W2-Professorship for Food Chemistry, University Wuppertal
2011 Offer of a W2-Professorship for Aroma Research, University Erlangen-Nürnberg
2012 Appointment for W2-Profesorship for Aroma Research, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Extra activities and commissions of trust

Service as Member of the Faulty Council of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Erlangen, since 2017
Service as Chair and Member of the Independent Advisory Board of the European Commission on Characterizing Flavours in Tobacco Products since 2017
Service as Ombudswoman for Good Scientific Practice at Fraunhofer IVV since October 2016
Service as member of DFG review board, academic subject area: Food Chemistry, since Aprill 2016
Spokesperson of the DFG review board 305 Biological Chemistry and FoodChemistry, since April 2016
Member of the Editorial Board of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158) since 2015
Member of the Editorial Board of Food Chemistry (specialty section of Frontiers in Chemistry and Frontiers in Nutrition) since 2015
Member of the Commission for Equal Opportunities at the University of Erlangen, since 2015, and Member of the Diversity Audit Commission at the University of Erlangen, since 2016

Memberships in scientific organizations/boards

Cofunder and Member of the Steering Board of the Campus of the Senses Erlangen initiative, since 2017
Scientific member of the Fraunhofer Vintage Class programme 2007 - 2012, since 2012 alumna
AcademiaNet member
GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) member
AChemS (Association for Chemoreception Sciences) member
ACS (American Chemical Society) member
ECRO (European Chemoreceptionn Research Organisation) member
Awardee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
COST Action 921 "Food Matrices: Structural Organisation and Impact on Flavour Release and Perception": membership in the management committee and working group leader


2017 AGFD Fellow Award, Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society
2013 Nutricia Wissenschaftspreis, Award Prize € 10 000
Danone Innovation Prize, Award Prize € 21 000

Young Investigator AwardFood and Agricultural Division, American Chemical Society (ACS)
Kurt-Täufel Award for Young Scientists
(Kurt-Täufel-Preis des Jungen Wissenschaftlers),
Society of Food Chemistry (LChG), German Chemical Society (GDCh)
2004 Firmenich Flavor and Fragrance Science Award
1999 Weurman Flavour Research Award "Best Poster" with the topic "Quantification of odour-active thiols in fresh, hand-squeezed grapefruit juices (Citrus paradisi MacFayden) by stable isotope dilution assays". 


2007 Fraunhofer Vintage-Class Research grant for excellent scientists
2004 Habilitation grant and Grant for excellent junior researchers of Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsprogramm HWPII
“Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre“
2002 Research grant BU 1351/1-1, 2 of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Joseph-Schormüller Internship for the research stay Sept./Oct. 2002 in the research group of Prof. P. Pelosi,Dipartimento di Chimica e Biotecnologie Agrarie, University of Pisa, Italy
Research topic: Lipocalines as „odorant binding proteins“
1997 Research internship in the frame of a "Short Term Scientific Mission, COST 96" for the research stay March/April 1997 in the research group of Prof. A. Taylor, University of Nottingham, England
Research topic: In vivo measurements of volatile release from oranges

DFG Grants

  • Project grant BU 1351/20-1

  • Project grant BU 1351/17-1

  • Grant for instrumentation INST 90/979-1 FUGG

  • Project grant BU 1351/15-1 and 15-2

  • Research stipend grant BU 1351/1-1 und BU 1351/1-2

  • DFG grant BU1351/1-3 for patent application

Research topics

Product-oriented research

  • Analysis of aroma and non-food smell, characterization of odorants, precursor studies, development of optimization strategies

  • Flavor-development and optimization utilizing food technology processes

  • Analysis of food and packaging contaminants, development of novel analytical approaches for detection of contamination, spoilage and fraud

  • Analysis of contaminants in articles of daily use, development of novel analytical approaches for detection of contamination

Consumer-oriented research

  • Human sensory characterization of chemosensorially active substances, structure-odor activity relationships

  • Biotransformation, metabolism, and physiological effects of chemosensorially active substances on humans

  • In vivo flavor release and flavor perception, aroma-taste-food matrix interactions, interactions with other sensorymodalities

  • Aroma, smell, food and flavor conditioning, development of preferences, and psychological effects of chemosensoriallyactive substances on humans

Scientific organisation of meetings, symposia, workshops

2nd International Conference on Innovations in Food Packaging, Shelf Life & Food Safety, Munich, Germany, 03.-06.10.2017, Member of the Scientific Committee
1st International Conference on Innovations in Food Science & Technology, (IFST 2017), Stadthalle, Erding, Munich, Germany, 10.-12.05.2017, Member of the Scientific Committee
International Conference on Innovations in Food Packaging, Shelf Life & Food Safety,Munich, Germany, 15.-17.09.2015, Member of the Scientific Committee
Int. Congress Advances in Food Processing, Campinas, São Paulo, Brasilien, 05. – 07.11.2014, Member of the Scientific Committee
Symposium „Advances in the Generation and Integration of Food Sensation and Cognition“,245th ACS National Meeting & Expo; New Orleans, LA; 07. – 11.04.2013, Organizer
Seminar „Sensorik 2.0“, Fraunhofer IVV, Freising, 22. – 23.11.2012, Organizer
Symposium “Offensive odours – chemistry, behaviour, development and language“ as part of the 20th annual congress of the European Chemoreception Research Organisation (ECRO) in Avignon, coorganisation withBenoist Schaal (CNRS, Dijon), 14. – 19.9.2010, Organizer
Workshop „In-vivo flavour research: Prospects, challenges, secondary benefits“ as part of the 12th Weurman Aroma Symposium, Interlaken, Switzerland, 02.07.-04.07.2008, Organizer
“Flavor – Neue Lebensmittel für den modernen Verbrauchergeschmack“, annual meeting Fraunhofer IVV 2008,Freising, 03.05.-04.05.2008, Organizer