Boon Chu

Lecturer, Programme Leader of MSc Food & Drink Innovation

  • 1049 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Boon-Seang Chu is a lecturer in Food Science and the Programme Leader of MSc Food & Drink Innovation programme. Before joining Abertay in 2013, Boon held research positions at the Nestlé Research Centre in Switzerland, the Institute of Bioproduct Development in Malaysia, the National Food Research Institute in Japan and the Institute of Food Research in the UK. 

Boon has a wide research interest including emulsions, natural food ingredients, nutrient delivery systems, food structure and digestion. Boon has collaborated with the food industry on projects ranging from masking fish odour to developing cold brew coffee, food emulsions and chocolate science. 

Boon sits on the editorial board of several journals including the American Research Journal of Food and Nutrition, Food Quality & Safety and International Journal of Food Processing Technology. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Programme leader of MSc Food and Drink Innovation

FOD104 Properties of Food (Module leader)

FOD106 Safe Food Handling (Module leader)

FOD303 Food Processing Technology (Contributing tutor)

FOD405 Current Topics in Food (Module leader)

FOD408 Honours Project (Honours student project supervisor)

LSC101 Biology I: Biology Principles and Practice (Contributing tutor)

AHD011 Access to Science and Technology (Contributing tutor)

Research interests

The principle aim of Dr Boon-Seang Chu research is to gain a basic understanding of food digestion and food emulsions, which will enable a systematic approach to structure food, design nutrient delivery systems and modulate food digestion for optimal health benefits such weight control and maximal nutrient uptake. His main research interests include emulsions, food structure, nutrient delivery systems, digestive enzymes and food digestion.

He is also working on other areas including phytochemicals as digestive enzyme inhibitors, chocolate science and technology and natural food products.


2016    DPF Enzyme, funded by Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (co-investigator)

2015    Masking Fish Odour in Emulsion, self-funded by a company TO3 (consultancy)

2015    Cold Brew Coffee, Innovation voucher project funded by Interface Food & Drink (co-investigator)

2014    R-LINC PhD Studentship, funded by Abertay University (co-investigator)


2017- present: Member of the editorial board of American Research Journal of Food and Nutrition

2016 - present: Member of the editorial board of Food Quality and Safety

2016 - present: Member of editorial panel of EC Nutrition

2015 - present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

2014 - present: Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Food Processing Technology.

Knowledge Exchange

2017-2018 Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Mackie's of Scotland


2017 - present       STEM Ambassador

2017                      Guest speaker at ASE Scotland Conference, Dundee.

2015                      "Food Science", public engagement activity at Eastern Primary,  Broughty Ferry.

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Research Output 2000 2019

  • 1049 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 33 Article
  • 2 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article
2 Downloads (Pure)

Inhibitory effects of an aqueous extract of Clitoria ternatea flower on alpha-glucosidase during in-vitro wheat starch digestion

Ronald, C. & Chu, B. S., 24 Jul 2019, In : Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 78, OCE2, p. E61-E61 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access

Interaction of Clitoria ternatea L. flower extract with alpha-amylase by photon streaming time-resolved fluorescence

Hungerford, G., Divers, R., Lemos, M. A. & Chu, B-S., 2 Feb 2018, In : Biophysical Journal. 114, 3, Suppl. 1, p. 418a-418a 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

1 Citation (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

The effect of different frequencies of ultrasound on the activity of horseradish peroxidase

Tsikrika, K., Chu, B-S., Bremner, D. H. & Lemos, M. A., Mar 2018, In : LWT - Food Science and Technology. 89, p. 591-595 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Horseradish Peroxidase
enzyme inactivation