Frederik R. van de Voort

Frederik R. van de Voort

Professor Post-Retirement

Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9

Email: frederik.vandevoort [at]


PhD Food Science University of British Columbia 1977
MSc Food Science University of British Columbia 1974
BSc Food Science University of British Columbia 1972

Research interest/experience

Dr. van de Voort's main interest is the development of analytical techniques based on the use of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, in particular related to the rapid analysis of edible oils and lubricants. Retired, but active, he was co-director of the McGill IR Group, a unique center of excellence dedicated to infrared spectroscopy of biological and food systems. Dr. van de Voort specializes in the development of rapid quantitative mid-FTIR analytical methods for industrial applications, integrating advanced chemometrics, hardware and software to package analytical solutions. More recent FTIR methodology development has focused analytical concepts being extended to lubricants for condition monitoring applications, both automated and manual methods.

Selected publications

(200) van de Voort, F.R. and Viset, M. Generic method for the rapid and accurate determination of Acid Number (AN) in lubricants by FTIR Spectroscopy. ASTM Special Technical Publication (in Press). 2021

(199) Viset, M. and van de Voort, F.R. Universal Acid Number (AN) determination by FTIR spectroscopy. Machinery Lubrication. (in Press) 2021.

(198) van de Voort, F.R, and Viset, M. Titrimetric-equivalent Acid Number (AN) determination of lubricants by FTIR spectroscopy. (in Press) Lube Magazine, April 2021.

(197) Fowler, R. Twenty minutes with Frederik van de Voort and Michael Viset: These two experts collaborated on acid number analysis by FTIR spectroscopy. Tribology and Lubricant Technology, January 2021, pp24-26.

(196) Tavassoli-Kafrani, M.H. van de Voort, F.R. and Curtis, J.M. The use of ATR-FTIR spectroscopy to measure changes in the oxirane content and iodine value of vegetable oils during epoxidation. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2017, 118, pp 1-11.

(195) Hadjadj, Y. and Fofana, I. and van de Voort, F. R. Potential of determining moisture content in mineral insulating oil by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine January/February 2016 Vol. 32, No. 1 pp 34-39. DOI: 10.1109/MEI.2016.7361102

(194) van de Voort, F.R., Tavassoli-Kafrani, M.H., Curtis, J.M. Stoichiometric determination of moisture in edible oils by mid-FTIR spectroscopy. Analytica Chimica Acta 918 (2016) 1-7.

(193) van de Voort, Frederik and Pinchuk, D. System and method for determining moisture content of hydrophobic fluids. United States Patent 9,014,991 2015.

(192) Meng Xianghe, Li Lei, Ye Qin, and van de Voort, Frederik. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy as a Utilitarian Tool for the Routine Determination of Acidity in Ester-Based Oils. J. of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Vol 63, 37 pp 8333-8338 2015.

(191) Winterfield, C. and van de Voort, F. A new approach to the quantitative determination of acid and bse number of used oils. Machinery Lubrication pp 22-27, 53 May-June 2015.

(190) Winterfield, C. and van de Voort, F. R. Quantitative condition monitoring of in-use oils by FTIR spectroscopy. Lube-Tech 2015 Vol 98 (June) 25-29.

(189) Tavassoli-Kafrani, M. H., Curtis, J. M. and van de Voort, F.R. A single-sample method to determine hydroxyl values of polyols using mid-FTIR spectrsocopy. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2015, 117, 65-72.

(188) Meng, X., Ye, Q., Pan, Q., Ding, Y., Wei, M., Lui, Y. and van de Voort, F. R. Total phospholipids in edible oils by in-vial solvent extraction coupled with FTIR analysis. J. Ag. Food Chem. 2014, 62, 3101-3107.

(186) Tavassoli-Kafrani, M. H., Curtis, J. M. and van de Voort, F. R. A primary method for the determination of hydroxyl value of polyols by Fourier transform mid-infrared spectrsocopy. J. Am Oil Chem Soc (2014) 91:925-933.

(185) Winterfield, C. and van de Voort. F. R. Automated acid and base number determination of mineral-based lubricants by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy: Commerical laboratory evaluation. Journal of Laboratory Automation 2014, Vol 19(6) 577-586.

(184) Yuan, T., Akochi-Koble, E., Pinchuk, D. and van de Voort, F.R. 2104. FTIR On-line Monitoring of Biodiesel Transesterification. International Journal of Renewable Energy and Biofuels. Vol. 2014, Article ID 178474, 13 pages. DOI 10.5171/2014.178474.

(183) García-González, D. L., Sedman, J. and. van de Voort, F.R. 2013. Principles, Performance and Applications of Spectral Reconstitution (SR) in Quantitative Analysis of Oils by FT-IR Spectroscopy. Applied Spectroscopy 67(4) 448-456. 10.1366/12-06798

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