Presentation Title

A Mineral Analysis of Local Blueberry Wine Using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

It is widely known that blueberries contain exceptionally high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, and research suggests that this fruit may also be high in minerals beneficial to human health. The scope of this research project is to analytically characterize and quantify various mineral components that are believed to have a positive effect on the human body; specifically potassium, calcium, sodium, iron and zinc. The wine to be analyzed is a local blueberry variety, sold by Monte Creek Ranch. The experimental findings will be compared to any relevant literature, in an effort to determine how well the mineral profiles of the wine compare to the respective raw and unfermented berries. This research will be carried out utilizing flame atomic absorption spectroscopy as the primary instrumentation.

Department

Chemistry

Faculty Advisor

Kingsley Donkor

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A Mineral Analysis of Local Blueberry Wine Using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

It is widely known that blueberries contain exceptionally high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, and research suggests that this fruit may also be high in minerals beneficial to human health. The scope of this research project is to analytically characterize and quantify various mineral components that are believed to have a positive effect on the human body; specifically potassium, calcium, sodium, iron and zinc. The wine to be analyzed is a local blueberry variety, sold by Monte Creek Ranch. The experimental findings will be compared to any relevant literature, in an effort to determine how well the mineral profiles of the wine compare to the respective raw and unfermented berries. This research will be carried out utilizing flame atomic absorption spectroscopy as the primary instrumentation.