Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Celia Barril

Dr Celia Barril

BSc (Poitiers), MSc (Nantes), PhD (CSU)

Dr Celia Barril completed her education in France, Ireland (2nd year BSc Erasmus student) and England (1st year Maters' internship) where she received a BSc (Analytical Chemistry major) and a Masters' in Organic Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry.  Her Masters' research projects included synthesis of an anti-cancer compound (University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, England) and enzyme-catalysed synthesis of a glycerol derivative for sugar authentication in wine using quantitative 2H-NMR (University of Nantes, France).

Keen for more travel, Celia undertook her PhD as a Co-tutelle programme between AgroParisTech (France) and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at CSU, investigating the chemistry of ascorbic acid and sulfur dioxide as an antioxidant system relevant to white wine. She graduated in 2011 and is now supervising overseas Masters' students, Honours students and PhD students, in projects developing analytical methods and utilising chemistry to understand oxidation processes in food matrices and profiling grape and wine composition.

Celia has been lecturing in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU since 2009, and is part of the Chemistry Teaching Team which received a Vice Chancellor award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. Celia is the Program Leader for the Bachelor of Science at CSU and works closely with the Eastern Riverina Science Teachers Association (ERSTA) in order to promote Science, and more particularly Chemistry, to High School students.

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Celia is currently coordinating and/or teaching:
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
CHM213 Analytical Chemistry
CHM216 Organic Chemistry
CHM335 Analytical Chemistry Industry Experience

Celia is also involved in coordinating BSc students' work experience in SCI302 International Experience.

Celia has previously coordinated and taught:
CHM214 Physical Chemistry
CHM219 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
CHM324 Instrumental Analysis 2

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Celia's research interests include:
- Oxidation mechanisms in wine and lipid systems and antioxidant's mode of action in food matrices
- Grape and wine composition, in particular phenolic compounds, carbohydrates and amino acids
- Development of analytical methods, including UV-vis spectrophotometry, FIA, (U)HPLC, MS, SFE
- Identification of novel compounds and organic synthesis

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2014 GC-MS/MS-SCD at NWGIC. CSU RIBG funding $126,000. Collaborating scientists: L. Schmidtke (CSU), A. Clark (CSU), L. Weston (CSU).

2014-2017 Metal ion speciation: Understanding its role in wine development and generating a tool to minimise wine spoilage. Funded by AGWA (formerly GWRDC) $708,962. Collaborating scientists: A. Clark (CSU), N. Kodoudakis (CSU), L. Schmidtke (CSU), G. Scollary (Uni. Melb), M. Smith (AWRI), P. Smith (AWRI), E. Wilkes (AWRI).

2013-2017 Improving industry capacity to manage the yield and wine quality relationship through understanding the influence of vine carbon balance on berry composition. Funded by AGWA (formerly GWRDC) $1,568,452. Collaborating scientists: J. Smith (CSU), B. Holzapfel (NWGIC/DPI), E. Edwards (CSIRO), M. Walker (CSIRO), P Clingeleffer (CSIRO).

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Julia Gouot "Production and stability of anthocyanins in Vitis vinifera L cv Shiraz grapes and wine as affected by temperature and heat events during berry development" 2016-2019

Gerhard Rossouw "The influence of grapevine source-sink relations and water status during berry maturation on carbohydrate reserves" 2013-2017

Md Ahsan Ghani "Development of a rapid and robust method to measure antioxidant activity in a lipid system" 2012-2016

Paris Grant-Preece "Wine bottle colour, light exposure and white wine: defining the contribution to wine faults" 2012-2016


Dr Barril also supervises overseas students as part of their Masters' degree (3- to 6-month internship):

January-June 2015: student from the Research & Development in Analytical Chemistry Masters' at AgroParisTech, Paris, France, "Impact of canopy manipulations on berry and wine composition in Shiraz"

May-August 2014: student from the Research & Development in Analytical Chemistry Masters' at AgroParisTech, Paris, France, "Determination of wine composition and data analysis by chemometrics to understand canopy management contribution to wine quality".

April-August 2014: student from the Analytical Chemistry & Quality Assurance Masters' at the 'Institut Universitaire Professionalisé' (IUP), Poitiers, France, "Influence of vine carbon balance on berry and wine composition".

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