High value bio-based compounds for food packaging applications

Mercoledì, 29 Novembre 2017
  • Luogo dell'evento: ore 16.00 | Aula IV - Università Niccolò Cusano
  • Indirizzo: Via don Carlo Gnocchi, 3 Roma

Proposer: Prof. Ilaria Cacciotti, Engineering Department-Materials Science and Technology,
University of Rome "Niccolò Cusano"

Dr. Marina Ramos, PhD
University of Alicante, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science
Group Nanomaterials and Polymer Analysis

In building a bio-based economy, the ecient use of biomass is crucial. A huge amerount of agricultural residues
is yearly produced worldwide and they are currently underutilised. This lack of utilisation results in missing
important opportunities to valorise and further reduce the environmental impact of bio-based industries.
Practical solutions are essentially aimed to extract high value bio-based compounds using the remaining
residues and substitute the conventional polymers to biobased and biodegradable polymers. The current trends
are focused to set up new cascading possibilities using innovative procedures to extract high value bio-based
additives, convert polysaccharides and use sugars for biofilms/plastics production. Environmentally-friendly
procedures, easily scalable and deployed by local industries is a clear view that is in the core of many recent
research approaches and projects.
The main aim of this seminar is to explain the work that NANOBIOPOL Group is carried out, related with the
extraction and application of all valuable active compounds such as antioxidants, antimicrobials, lipids, proteins
and polysaccharides to achieve their integral exploitation in dierent areas, especially in food packaging.


Dr. Marina Ramos obtained her Degree in Chemistry in 2008 at the University of Alicante, Alicante (Spain). In 2012 she obtained a
Postgraduate study in Quality Assurance in Laboratories at the University of Barcelona. And in 2016 she obtained the International
PhD Degree from the University of Alicante. She has worked at the Group Nanomaterials and Polymer Analysis" research group at
the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science (UA, Spain) from 2009. Currently, she works as a Postdoctoral
Researcher developing her work on the design of new materials for food applications. Her research lines are the chemical and
physical characterization of (bio)polymers, the extraction of natural additives of agricultural residues, antioxidant, antimicrobial
and degradation studies, chemistry and the design of new encapsulation systems and nanocomposites in addition to development
and validation of new analytical methods. She is author or co-author of 18 research papers published in journals with high impact
factor in Chemistry, Food Technology and Polymer Science of which 9 of them have been published in journals in the first quarters
of the respective topics. The total number of citations is 274 and h-index10.

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