Matt is a technical consultant working in the analytical services research and development team. He applies his expertise in marine oils and natural product chemistry to provide practical solutions for innovative companies that Cawthron collaborates with.
Matt is highly skilled in techniques such as gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS), Iatroscan, thin layer chromatography – flame ionised detection (TLC–FID), high performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS), and many other spectroscopy techniques.
Outside the laboratory, Matt is a keen fisherman and has a passion for music (working on radio in three different countries), but he spends most of his time entertaining his young son.
Technical skills, experience and interests
Ten years' experience in lipid chemistry; in particular, oils from marine sources, including expertise in:
omega 3 biochemistry
analytical oil chemistry
marine oil processing
enzymatic transformations of oils
oxidative volatiles identification/quantification
regiospecific analysis of oil
analysis of intact lipids, lipidomics and marine algae lipid biosynthesis.
Sustainable aquaculture project leadership aimed at sourcing novel marine oils for use in aquaculture, nutraceuticals and food.
President of the Australasian section of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AAOCS)
Member of the Oils & Fats Specialist Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry