Environment monitoring, security and food quality control
In the food industry, nanotechnology is being used to create better packaging and healthier foods. For example, researchers are working on creating food packages embedded with tiny materials specifically designed to alert consumers that a product is no longer safe to eat.
Farm applications of nanotechnology are also commanding attention. Nanomaterials that offer the opportunity to administer more efficiently and safely pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are being developed.
Research in environment monitoring, security and food quality control will comprise the development of micro- and nanosystems. At a first stage, this will involve nanotransducer design and fabrication. These transducers will include micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, and advanced single/few molecule transducers. The transducers will necessarily include chemically and biologically sensitive layers for specific detection of chemical and biochemical signals.
Research area coordinator:
Nanotechnological solutions for water and food biotoxins
Group manager: Begoña Espiña
Molecular biology and nanomaterials for food analysis
Group manager: Marta Prado
Smart-Nanohydrogels as Phage-Delivery Systems for the Control of Foodborne Pathogens
Group manager: Pablo Fucinos
Study cases and related materials
- Nanoparticle assisted PCR for food and environmental control applications
- Magnetoresistive-based biosensor for fresh water biotoxins detection
- Metal organic frameworks for toxin encapsulation
- DNA extraction from oil samples for PCR applications through microscale solid phase extraction
- Development and in-house validation of qPCR methods for detection of allergenic ingredients in food
- Development of a biosensing device for olive oil authentication, combining Gold Nanoparticles and Ligation Chain Reaction
- Smart-Nanohydrogels as Phage-Delivery Systems for the Control of Foodborne Pathogens
- Detection of food-borne pathogens using a magnetoresistive platform
- Biosensing Device for the Detection of Paralytic Shellfish Poisons based on Smart Nanomaterials
- Targeted nanoparticles for delivery of marine phycotoxins with pharmacological potential as therapeutical agents
- Detection of Health Hazard Compounds in Food and Environmental Samples using Luminescent Nanomaterials
- Multipathogen detection lab-on-a-chip based on Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification combined with gold nanoparticles