Liang Chen

Liang Chen

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

My Research

Based at Dr. David Jeffery (A/P) wine chemistry lab at the Department of Wine and Food Science, The University of Adelaide, I am currently working on chemistry of potent volatile sulfur compounds in wine as a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Dimitra Capone.

From a background in Food Science/Nutrition (B. Eng.) and Flavour Chemistry (M. Eng.), I started this current PhD project focusing on one of the most potent odour-active polyfunctional thiols (or varietal thiols) in wines in 2015.

Using chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry (GC-MS, HPLC-MS/MS), fermentation techniques, and sensory evaluation, the chirality, stereochemistry, and impacts from winemaking/viticulture on polyfunctional thiols have been investigated.

More information on the project and obtained results can be seen on the Publications page.

Besides research life, I invest my time reading, writing, and drawing. I am a self-taught illustrator and interested in science communication and storytelling. Have a collaboration idea or even just a story want to share, email me here:


Major Scholarship/Grant/Funding/Award

Award - KP Barley Award (awarded on the basis of research performance to a postgraduate student within the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences) - The University of Adelaide (2018)

Grant - Adelaide Graduate Centre Travel Grant - The University of Adelaide (2018)

Funding - Wine Australia (2015-2019)

Scholarship - PhD scholarship - The University of Adelaide - China Scholarship Council (2015-2019)

Scholarship - National scholarship - Ministry of Education (MOE) of P. R. China (2014)


On News

A cool way to enhance thiols in Sauvignon blanc, Wine Business 2019



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