Miguel Ângelo Cerqueira

Research Fellow
Food Processing

Miguel Cerqueira is a Research Fellow in the Food Processing Group and his research is focused on the development of nanosized bio-based structures for food applications. He works on edible and biodegradable films and coatings for packaging, encapsulation of functional compounds using emergent encapsulation technologies, and the structuring of gels, such as emulgels and oleogels.

Miguel holds both Graduation (2005) and PhD (2010) degree in Biological Engineering from University of Minho (UM). He received three scholar merit awards during graduation and his PhD thesis was awarded for the best PhD Thesis by the School of Engineering of UM. During his PhD he performed scientific missions at: Federal University of Ceará, University of Aveiro and University College Cork. In 2011, he started as a Postdoctoral Researcher at UM and performed scientific missions at: University of Vigo, University of Campinas) and Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology – CSIC. He authored more than 64 scientific articles, published 13 book chapters, one patent and is editor of one book. Miguel supervised more than 10 students (PhD and MSc). In 2013 he co-founded a start-up (Improveat, UM Spin-off). In 2014 he won the Young Scientist Award and in 2016 was selected as Inaugural Member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology Early Career Scientist Section both organized by the International Union of Food Science and Technology.

Selected Publications