Associate Professor Bruno Fedrizzi

BSc, MSc, PhD University of Padova (Italy)

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Associate Professor



2010 PhD (Chem) University of Padova - Italy

2006 MSc (Chem) University of Padova - Italy

2004 BSc (Chem) University of Padova - Italy

Previous Appointments

2011-2012 Agricultural Institute of San Michele - Italy

2010-2011 University of Padova/Unione Italiana Vini - Italy


Research | Current

Bruno's research focuses on isolation, identification and analysis of molecules from biological samples. Mass spectrometry based techniques are used for structure elucidation and the development of analytical methods to quantify molecules of biological and/or technological interest.  

The main area of research is the study of the secondary metabolites in grape and wine, even though current projects on honey, dairy products, etc. are currently undergoing. The research developed in Bruno's lab stretches across a variety of chemical fields such as analaytical chemistry and organic synthesis. These projects are developed to gain fundamental knowledge on the biosynthesis and significance of these compounds in natural products as wellas to provide important applicable insight to several NZ industry sectors.

Teaching | Current

CHEM240 - Course coordinator


CHEM740 - Course coordinator

WINESCI704 - Course coordinator



Postgraduate supervision

Research Fellows

Dr Mandy Herbst-Johnstone

Dr Rebecca Deed

Dr Lisa Pilkington


PhD Students

Katie Parish 2013 - Effect of finig agents on Sauvignon blanc chemical and sensory profile

Nina Duhamel 2013 - Total synthesis and quantification of sesquiterpenes in grape (with Dr David Barker and Dr Roberto Larcher)

Matias Kinzurik 2014 - The pathway of volatile sulfur compounds in yeast (with Prof Richard Gardner)

Rebecca Jelley 2014 - Recovering bioactive compounds from grape pomace (with Dr David Barker)

Jessica Suda 2014 - The influence of New Zealand endogenous microbiota from cow’s milk on cheese quality (with A/Prof Yacine Hemar and A/Prof Silas Villas-Boas)

Shi Min Tan 2015 - Characterisation of bioactive grape and wine metabolites through a combined organic, analytical and computational approach (with Dr David Barker)

Stephen Lo 2016 - Synthesis of bioactive compounds from renewable sources (with Dr David Barker)


MSc Students

Antony Mavumkal 2013 - The effect of under-vine treatments on vine performance, soil properties and key odourants in wine

Will Kerner 2013 - Measuring the chemical signature of soil, grape juice and wine from conventionally and organically farmed vineyards

Inderjeet Kaur 2014 - The biogenic pathway of DMS in yeast and its impact on wine quality (with Prof Richard Gardner)

Irene Wong 2015 - The effect of inert pressing on NZ Sauvvignon blanc juice and wine chemical profiles


2010 - International “G. Morsiani” Award for Outstanding Research in Viticulture and Oenology

Areas of expertise

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Wine and Food Science


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Larcher, R., Tonidandel, L., Román Villegas T, Nardin, T., Fedrizzi, B., & Nicolini, G. (2015). Pre-fermentation addition of grape tannin increases the varietal thiols content in wine. Food chemistry, 166, 56-61. 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.05.149
  • Fedrizzi, B., Nicolis, E., Camin, F., Bocca, E., Carbognin, C., Scholz, M., ... Ferrarini, R. (2014). Stable Isotope Ratios and Aroma Profile Changes Induced Due to Innovative Wine Dealcoholisation Approaches. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 7 (1), 62-70. 10.1007/s11947-013-1068-x
  • Herbst-Johnstone, M., Piano, F., Duhamel, N., Barker, D., & Fedrizzi, B. (2013). Ethyl propiolate derivatisation for the analysis of varietal thiols in wine. Journal of Chromatography A, 1312, 104-110. 10.1016/j.chroma.2013.08.066
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Barker
  • Fedrizzi, B., Guella, G., Perenzoni, D., Gasperotti, M., Masuero, D., Vrhovsek, U., & Mattivi, F. (2012). Identification of intermediates involved in the biosynthetic pathway of 3-mercaptohexan-1-ol conjugates in yellow passion fruit (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa). Phytochemistry, 77, 287-293. 10.1016/j.phytochem.2012.01.017
  • Fedrizzi, B., Carlin, S., Franceschi, P., Vrhovsek, U., Wehrens, R., Viola, R., & Mattivi, F. (2012). D-optimal design of an untargeted HS-SPME-GC-TOF metabolite profiling method. Analyst, 137 (16), 3725-3731. 10.1039/c2an16309h
  • Mattivi, F., Fedrizzi, B., Zenato, A., Tiefenthaler, P., Tempesta, S., Perenzoni, D., ... Vrhovsek, U. (2012). Development of reliable analytical tools for evaluating the influence of reductive winemaking on the quality of Lugana wines. Analytica Chimica Acta, 732, 194-202. 10.1016/j.aca.2011.11.051
  • Fedrizzi, B., Zapparoli, G., Finato, F., Tosi, E., Turri, A., Azzolini, M., & Versini, G. (2011). Model aging and oxidation effects on varietal, fermentative, and sulfur compounds in a dry botrytized red wine. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59 (5), 1804-1813. 10.1021/jf104160m
  • Fedrizzi, B., Pardon, K. H., Sefton, M. A., Elsey, G. M., & Jeffery, D. W. (2009). First identification of 4-S-glutathionyl-4-methylpentan-2-one, a potential precursor of 4-mercapto-4-methylpentan-2-one, in Sauvignon Blanc juice. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57 (3), 991-995. 10.1021/jf802799w


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 629B
New Zealand

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