Associate Professor in Wine Science
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.
David completed a PhD on the development of methodology for the stereoselective synthesis of polypropionate marine natural products. He also has experience with the synthesis of aromatic heterocycles and a strong analytical chemistry background. David has worked in the area of aroma and flavour chemistry, undertaking and overseeing analytical method development, compound synthesis and isolation/characterisation of grape and wine components. Prior to that David undertook research on the chemistry of phenolic compounds in red wine relating to their organoleptic properties, further characterising structures and properties of wine tannins and expanding current analytical methods for studying such compounds. He uses these experiences for the isolation, identification, synthesis and analysis of interesting and complex molecules from nature, especially in the pursuit of improved knowledge about grape and wine chemistry.
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David is involved in the isolation, identification, synthesis and analysis of interesting and complex molecules from nature. The application of synthetic organic chemistry, natural product isolation, structure elucidation and analytical techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC-MS are key components of his research. This extends to grape and wine components and development of methods for the analysis of aroma, flavour and phenolic compounds which are important to grape and wine quality.
David is particularly keen to develop fundamental chemical knowledge and techniques which can be directed toward understanding intricate natural phenomena. This includes the structure and function of wine tannins and the mechanisms underlying tannin rearrangements and pigmented polymer formation which impact on colour and mouthfeel properties of wine. Another area of strong interest involves improving knowledge of the formation and reactivity of aroma and flavour compounds, identifying potential sources and examining the impacts of processing.
Contact David to discuss any aspects of these research interests and to find out more about Honours or PhD projects relating to these diverse topics. Projects will appeal to students who want to continue their education in typical chemical fields such as synthesis and analysis, with potential for an applied context to help improve the scientific understanding behind a multi-billion dollar Australian industry. There are various scholarship opportunities for eligible students including supplementary scholarships periodically offered by the Wine Australia. Check the links for eligibility criteria and closing date.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Associate Professor in Wine Science The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Senior Lecturer in Wine Science University of Adelaide 2010 - 2014 Lecturer in Wine Science University of Adelaide 2009 - 2010 Senior Research Scientist - Team Leader The Australian Wine Research Institute 2008 - 2009 Research Scientist The Australian Wine Research Institute 2005 - 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Australian Wine Research Institute
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Achievement 2018 OIV Special Mention International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) France — 2015 Award Peter W. Alexander Medal The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Online Learning (Higher Education) 2002 - 2005 Flinders University Australia PhD 2001 - 2001 Flinders University Australia BSc(Hons) 1998 - 2000 Flinders University Australia BTech(Forens&AnalytChem)
Year Citation 2016 Waterhouse, A., Sacks, G., & Jeffery, D. (2016). Understanding Wine Chemistry (First ed.). UK: John Wiley & Sons.
Year Citation 2017 Ristic, R., Schelezki, O., Hranilovic, A., Li, S., Pham, D. -T., Wollan, D., . . . Wilkinson, K. (2017). Integrated approach to managing alcohol levels in wine while maintaining quality and style. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. Washington, DC: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2017 Capone, D., Chen, L., Francis, L., & Jeffery, D. (2017). Quantitation of potent polyfunctional thiols and their enantiomers in wine using HPLC-MS/MS after derivatization. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. Washington, DC: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2017 Sacks, G., Kreitman, G., Elias, R., & Jeffery, D. (2017). Rethinking re-stinking: A critical evaluation of hypotheses for formation of sulfurous off aromas during wine storage. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. Washington, DC: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2017 Wang, J., Capone, D., Gambetta, J., Wilkinson, K., & Jeffery, D. (2017). Characterising the chemical and sensory properties of Australian rose wines. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. Washington, DC: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2016 Pham, D., Jeffery, D., Wollan, D., Wilkinson, K., & Stockdale, V. (2016). Partial dealcoholisation of red wine by reverse osmosis-evaporative perstraction: impact on wine composition. Poster session presented at the meeting of Macrowine 2016 - Macromolecules and Secondary Metabolites of Grapevine and Wine. Changins-Nyon, Switzerland. 2012 Capone, D. L., Sefton, M. A., Francis, I. L., & Jeffery, D. W. (2012). Origin of eucalyptol in wine. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. San Diego, CA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2012 Capone, D. L., Black, C. A., & Jeffery, D. W. (2012). Harvest, storage, and processing effects on 3-mercaptohexan-1-ol precursor concentrations in Sauvignon Blanc grape juice. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. Philadelphia, PA: AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2010 Herderich, M. J., Siebert, T., Parker, M., Capone, D., & Jeffery, D. (2010). Spice up your life: Analysis of key aroma compounds in Shiraz. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2010 Capone, D. L., Sefton, M. A., & Jeffery, D. W. (2010). Analytical investigations to relate important wine odorant 3-mercaptohexan-1-ol to its precursors. Poster session presented at the meeting of ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. AMER CHEMICAL SOC.
David has been named as a Chief Investigator for the following Category 1 projects:
- Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (ARC-TC-IWP) led by Centre Director Prof Vladimir Jiranek in conjunction with other UofA researchers, Wine Innovation Cluster (WIC) partners and industry stakeholders, 2013-2017 and 2018-2023
- Wine Australia (WA) funded project investigating the influence of grape quality on wine composition led by Dr Paul Boss (CSIRO) in conjunction with A/Prof Sue Bastian (UofA), 2013-2017
- WA funded project investigating wine composition effects on Australian wine consumer mood and liking led by A/Prof Sue Bastian (UofA) in conjunction with other UofA researchers, 2013-2017
- WA funded project investigating in-canopy misting to mitigate the effects of heatwaves on grapevines led by Dr Vinay Pagay (UofA) in conjunction with other UofA and WIC researchers, 2016-2018
- WA funded project investigating the use of glutathione during winemaking led by Dr Simon Schmidt from the Australian Wine Research Institute in conjunction with Dr Gabriel Perrone at Western Sydney University, 2016-2020
- WA funded project investigating sensor-based precision irrigation for improved vineyard water use efficiency, grape and wine quality, and profitability led by Dr Vinay Pagay (UofA) in conjunction with other UofA researchers, 2018-2020
David has been named as a Chief Investigator for the following Category 2 project:
- PIRSA Advanced Food Manufacturing grant for developing a vodka from potato waste led by Dr Richard Muhlack in conjunction with A/Prof Kerry Wilkinson (UofA), 2017-2018
David has been named as an Associate Investigator for the following Category 1 project:
- National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre of Research Excellence involving targeted nutrition to improve maternal and child health outcomes led by Prof Maria Makrides (SAHMRI/UofA) in conjunction with other UofA and SAHMRI researchers, 2017-2022
Stabilisation and Clarification (Course Coordinator) - lecture topics include methods of clarification, tartrate stability and testing, fining agents, and odour, colour and oxidative stability
Distillation, Fortified and Sparkling Winemaking (Course Coordinator) - lecture topics include vapour-liquid equlibria, batch and continuous distillation, industrial still design, and cognac and armagnac production
Advances In Wine Science - lecture topics include red wine polyphenol chemistry and application of modern analytical methods
Brewing Technology and Beer Production - lecture on adjuncts, flavourings and hops
Sensory Studies - lectures on wine aroma and flavour
Introductory Winemaking - lecture on stabilisation and clarification
Fundamentals of Spirit Production - A Boutique Perspective - 5 day short course open to the public
Online learning free to the public - EdX MOOC World of Wine: From Grape to Glass
~ 2015 South Australian Interactive Media Excellence Award (Government, Education & Non-profit) ~
~ 2015 Best Wine Educator, Wine Communicators of Australia ~
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Rootstock Effects on Bunch-Stem Composition Implication for Red Wine Flavour and Aroma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ross David Sanders 2018 Principal Supervisor characterising the Distinct Flavours of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Wines Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Lira Souza Gonzaga 2018 Principal Supervisor Chemical Markers for Authentication of Australian Wines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Ruchira Ranaweera 2018 Principal Supervisor Identification of new Precursors and Factors Affecting Varietal Thiols in Wine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xingchen Wang 2018 Principal Supervisor Managing Berry Heterogeneity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Elizabeth Jane Armstrong 2018 Co-Supervisor Efficient Red Winemaking by Monitoring Extraction and Evolution of Colour and Polyphenols Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Judith Unterkofler 2016 Co-Supervisor Filterability of wine: Impact of Cross-Flow Microfilteration on Sensory Profile and Chemical Composition of Wine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Richard Gondai Ntuli 2015 Co-Supervisor Enhancing The Competitiveness of Fine Australian Wine: A Cross Cultural Study of The Impact of Australian Wines of Provenance and Food Pairings on The Consumer Gastronomic Experience Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marcell Kustos 2015 Principal Supervisor Effects of Environmental Factors and Wine-making Practices on Varietal Thiols and Their Precursors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liang Chen 2015 Co-Supervisor The Utility of Grape Marc Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Anh Ngoc Hoang Nguyen 2015 Principal Supervisor Development of Process Simulation Models for Objective Wine Quality Parameter during Fermentation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Patrick Charles Setford
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor INVESTIGATION OF AN EARLY HARVEST REGIME AND PRE-FERMENTATIVE BLENDING TREATMENTS TO PRODUCE LOWER ALCOHOL WINES: IMPACT ON GRAPE AND WINE COMPOSITION AND QUALITY Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Olaf Jan Schelezki 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Preparation and application of new sorptive polymers applied to wine with a focus on removal of 3-isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chen Liang 2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Water Deficit and High Temperature on Berry Biophysical Traits and Berry and Wine Chemical and Sensory Traits Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marcos Bonada 2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Development of Quality Assessment Tools for Chardonnay in Relation to Grape and Wine Composition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Joanna Gambetta 2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Comprehensive Study of Australian Rose Wines: Characterisation of Chemical and Sensory Profiles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiaming Wang 2009 - 2012 External Supervisor Development and Application of Novel Analytical Methods to the Identification, Formation and Fate of Two Important Wine Aroma Compounds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Dimitra Liacopoulos Capone
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Secretary RACI SA Branch The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australia 2014 - 2017 Member RACI SA Branch The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2012 - ongoing Member American Chemical Society United States 2012 - ongoing Member International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Australia 2000 - ongoing Member The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Fellow, FRACI) Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Molecules — —
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