Oxidation is a basic element of chemistry and life would be impossible without oxidation. To control oxidation rate efficiently many molecules have been identified. The synergy of different molecules is very complex and we have spent a life time measuring the effects. The power of anti oxidants, scavengers or sequestrants and barrier systems is beyond imagination !
Stability properties of a physical systems refers how the system responds to some perturbation, wether the system can recover on its own, after being perturbed ,or goes bad determines shelf life. Many years we measured stability in static systems, i.e. over time, even when using accelerated environmental conditions it could take months to gather reliable results.
Thanks to the collection of numerous data, as a results of high performing computer technology, we have today so many tools in dynamic systems to predict with precision stability in days only. It also allows us to study the effect of stabilizing molecules, and more important the synergy between them. Chromatography coupled to dynamic vapour sorption gives an insight in surface energy, never measured before.
Surface tension measured in emulsified systems allows determining type and volume of surfactants required for stability. Thermopgraphic tools provide information about reaction energy, with precision, under conditions of choice: pressure temperature, moisture or atmosphere.