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Food Processing

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOFOOD
RESEARCH GROUPS
NANOFOOD_FOODQUALITY
NANOFOOD_FOODPRCESSING

DESCRIPTION

The Food Processing Group focuses on three main areas:

1. Development of smart, active and edible food packaging to extend the shelf life of perishable food and prevent food losses;

2.Micro and nanoencapsulation of bioactive food ingredients in order to improve their bioavailability (increase of stability) and enhance their bioactivity (targeting);

3.Design of new and adapted rheological properties in food by modifying the micro- and nanostructure of food polymers.

RESEARCH LINES

The research activity will focus the development of personalized food. For this purpose, the Food Processing Group is working on developing a solid portfolio of technologies and solutions in the fields of active and intelligent food packaging and in functional food nanostructures. These solutions have to address three main objectives:

1. Improve food safety and empower consumers, allowing them to make educated decisions based not on the expiry dates, but on the visual information that the packaging provides about the actual state of food products;

2. To enhance the bioactivity of food components by using innovative encapsulation technologies, and

3. To obtain new rheological properties.

The Food Processing Group also perform the toxicological assessment of food nanostructure that is offer as an external service. The group should develop activities with high TRL.

FUNDED PROJECTS

Drug Discovery and Delivery Network for Oncology and Eye Therapeutics (3D-NEONET)

This H2020 project is an international industry-academia consortium to accelerate the development of therapeutic interventions for cancer and eye disease through enhanced intersectoral and transnational research cooperation.

SF4SF Smart Factoy for Safe Foods

Project funded by CDTI, Ministry of Industry of Spain.

The project aims the integration of emerging technologies for the detection, removal and food risk management in food processing plants. The role of the group is:

1. To stabilize enzymes in biodegradable clean formulations by micro and nanoencapsulation; and

2. To develop nanocoatings to prevent microbial contamination in elaborated fish products.

Valorization of marine resources for the production of bioactive compounds and design of functional foods.

Project funded by GAIN, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims the valorization of byproducts and fish processing wastes by means the recovery of high added value compunds and their use in the formulation of functional foods. The role of the group is to protect against degradation and stabilize of bioactive compunds by micro and nanoencapsulation.

SENIORPLUS. Tecnoloxías emerxentes e nanotecnoloxía aplicada para o desenvolvemento de alimentos funcionais orientados a sectores da poboación con necesidades especiais (terceira idade e persoas con alerxias e intolerancias alimentarias)

Project funded by CONECTAPEME, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims to apply emerging technologies and nanotechnology to develop functional and healthy foods with high added value for the population with special requirements (seniors and adults with allergies and food intolerances). The technologies used to guarantee a greater acceptance, the shelf life and food safety of the products at a competitive price, as well as the sustainability of the processes.

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Pablo Fuciños
Staff Researcher

Miguel Cerqueira
Research fellow

Catarina Gonçalves
Research fellow

Ashok Patel
Research fellow

Sara Oliveira
Research fellow

Ana Bourbon
Research fellow

Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo
Research fellow

Isabel Rodríguez
Scientific Associate

Vasco Martins
Research Laboratory Assistant

Alexandra Azevedo
PhD Student

Sabela R. Amado
(Visiting Postdoc Research)

Artur Martins
(Visiting Research)

DESCRIPTION

The group is focused in DNA based analysis, developing Lab on a chip and miniaturized solutions based on the use of nanoparticles, microfluidics and molecular biology techniques for detection biological risk (pathogens, allergens, toxins) in food matrices and to assess food authenticity.

RESEARCH LINES

  • Food Packaging
  • Encapsulation of bioactives
  • Food structure

FUNDED PROJECTS

SF4SF Smart Factoy for Safe Foods

Project funded by CDTI, Ministry of Industry of Spain.

The project aims the integration of emerging technologies for the detection, removal and food risk management in food processing plants. The role of the group is: i) to stabilize enzymes in biodegradable clean formulations by micro and nanoencapsulation; and ii) to develop nanocoatings to prevent microbial contamination in elaborated fish products.

Valorization of marine resources for the production of bioactive compounds and design of functional foods.

Project funded by GAIN, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims the valorization of byproducts and fish processing wastes by means the recovery of high added value compunds and their use in the formulation of functional foods. The role of the group is to protect against degradation and stabilize of bioactive compunds by micro and nanoencapsulation

Technical Assistance: Thermal behaviour of squid protein.

Contracted by: NUEVA PESCANOVA, Spain.

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Pablo Fuciños
Staff Researcher

Miguel Cerqueira
Research fellow

Catarina Gonçalves
Research fellow

Sabela R. Amado
(Visiting Postdoc Research)

Artur Martins
(Visiting Research)

Alexandra Azinheiro
(contracted research)

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOFOOD
RESEARCH GROUPS
NANOFOOD_FOODQUALITY
NANOFOOD_FOODPRCESSING