In the framework of BARBARA project, University of Alicante organizes this training conference with the aim to provide a platform to meet companies and researchers interested in the application of circular economy for the revalorization of agro-food wastes.
The Nanobiopol Group was present last week at the 6th Young polymer scientist conference & 10th ECNP international conference on nanostructured polymers and nanocomposites, in San Sebastian, Spain, from the 1st to the 5th of October, 2018.
Our colleague Cristina Mellinas presented her work with the following title: Microwave-assisted synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles using cocoa seed extracts. A.C. Mellinas, A. Jiménez, M.C. Garrigós.
In this case, Cristina Mellinas presented an oral communication during the Young polymer scientist conference and a poster on the 10th ECNP international conference based both on the same topic.
The Nanobiopol Group was present last week at the 5th ISEKI_Food International Conference (ISEKI_Food 2018) held in Stuttgart at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, from July 3 to 5, 2018.
Our colleagues Antonio Martínez and Carlos Pelegrín, presented two lectures with the following titles:
Martínez-Abad, A., Garrigós, MC. and Jiménez, A. MICROWAVE-ASSISTED EXTRACTION TECHNIQUES WITHIN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: VALORISATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESIDUES INTO FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS
Pelegrín, Carlos., Ramos, M. and Garrigós, MC. INCLUSION COMPLEXES OF OLIVE OIL EXTRACTION BY-PRODUCTS FOR THE ENCAPSULATION OF NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS.
In the same way, our colleagues participated in the 2nd Workshop of Food Waste Recovery & Open Innovation.
For more information consult the following link: https://www.isekiconferences.com/stuttgart2018/
Last month, the 2nd meeting of the Barbara consortium took place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the premises of the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH). The meeting gathered all partners in the project, to update each other on the progress of all work packages and the results as for the 12 month of the project, as well as to discuss and plan for the following months of work.
The event was held the next day at AlbaNova University Centre, after which the consortium had the chance to visit the laboratories of the hosting research group and have a first-hand experience of the tasks performed at KTH.
The next meeting will be organized by the Belgian company CELABOR next November. We are looking forward to see the next advances!
Read more about this project, here.
Last month, the 3rd meeting of the Funguschain consortium took place in Zaragoza, Spain, at the premises of the Aitiip Technology Centre. The meeting gathered all partners in the project, to update each other on the progress of all work packages and the results as for the 18 month of the project, as well as to discuss and plan for the following months of work.
The Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante hosted FLEXPOL project M12 meeting, project in which University of Alicante, in particular research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis is involved as a partner.
“FLEXPOL” aims to develop a pilot line for the production of a cost effective antimicrobial adhesive film for its use in hospitals. The obtained adhesive film will inhibit growth of a wide range of microbes and will be suitable for high-touch surfaces, providing a durable protection with good resistance. It will assure the highest level of hygiene and patient safety, reducing the use of disinfectants.
These objectives will be achieved, using a multi-functional approach combining prevention of adhesion with killing of microorganisms, by means of essential oil emulsions embedded in a micro and nanopatterned polypropylene matrix.
Entreprise Europe Network, the European Comission and several research and innovation Norwegian institutions organize the Conference "Unlimited opportunities in the circular economy: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling" which will be held in Oslo, Norway on September 19th
The Conference aims at promoting international networking within the frame of H2020 opportunities on circular economy related ideas. Professor Alfonso Jiménez (Nanobiopol Group, University of Alicante), will introduce the BARBARA project in this conference and meet other EU experts, as to expand the professional network, find new international partners and develop new project ideas.
10 years are fulfilled since the First International Conference on Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers BIOPOL which was organized by Professor Alfonso Jiménez and our research group in Alicante. This year, the 6th International Conference on Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers (BIOPOL 2017), which was held from 11 to 13 September in Mons (Belgium), has been a successful congress again.
Dr. Marina Ramos, Dr. Nuria Burgos and Dr. Arantzazu Valdés, members of the NANOBIOPOL research group, presented oral communications regarding the works titled:
In addition, the NANOBIOPOL group has presented the following poster communications related to the European projects in which it currently participates:
Besides it announced the location of the next edition: BIOPOL 2019. This will take place in Stockholm.
Elena Albert presented his Doctoral Thesis entitled “Evaluación del potencial sensibilizante del Cr (VI) durante el uso del calzado”. The thesis defense was held on Thursday 20 July February at the Technological Institute of the Footwear (INESCOP), in Elda. This Doctoral Thesis has been directed by Maria Isabel Maestre (INESCOP) and Maria of Carmen Garrigós (UA).
From 10 to 12 July 2017, Dr. Arantzazu Valdés García attended the summer course "Microwave and Chemistry" organized by the University of Complutense of Madrid. The aim of this course was to review the mechanisms by which microwaves can produce physical and chemical effects of great relevance and, also, some interesting examples of its applications in different chemistry fields were discussed. This course was directed by Dr. Emilio Morán Miguélez in collaboration with Milestone SRL, Gomensoro and RSEQ (Specialized Groups of Solid State Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry).
Last week, Santiago de Compostela welcomed the nineteenth edition of the INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ADVANCES IN EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES was held from June 27 to 30.
In this scientific meeting Ana Cristina Mellinas Ciller and Ignacio Solaberrieta from the NANOBIOPOL group presented the posters titled: "Microwave-assisted extraction of active and valuable compounds from hibiscus esculentus" and "Microwave-assisted extraction of antioxidant / antimicrobial compounds from almond shell Agricultural by-products" respectively.
This week, the Universtiy of Vienna is hosting the 11th World Congress on Polyphenols; two day conference dealing with the following strategic subjects: Analysis, Mechanistic and clinical aspects, The toxicological aspects of polyphenols, Interactions between polyphenols and gut microbiota, Extraction, valorization and analysis of polyphenols from food and by-products, Applications of polyphenols in foods, beverages and cosmetics, Innovations with polyphenols
Dr Ana Beltrán and Dr Marina Ramos, members of the NANOBIOPOL research group are in the 11th World Congress on Polyphenols presenting the communication "DESIGN OF GREEN MICROWAVE-ASSISTED EXTRACTION METHOD FOR THE RECOVERY OF PHENOLIC COMPOUNDS FROM AGRO-FOOD BY-PRODUCTS".
The Unit of Communication of the UA published the news of the new project Funguschain in which the group Nanobiopol participates like partner.
The impact of the news was clearly evident from the start in social networking sites as in media. In addition to the Agency SINC.
Some publications in media:
Dr. Arantzazu Valdés García will be attending next 5th EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference, POLYSACCHARIDES AND POLYSACCHARIDE-BASED MATERIALS: FROM SCIENCE TO INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION, that will be held at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, August 20th – 24th, 2017. The conference has been organized biannually since 2009 and has the aim to bring together students, scientists and specialists working in industry, universities and research institutions to exchange experiences, present research results, develop a platform for mutual scientific contacts and intensify academic/industry cooperation.
Dr. Arantzazu Valdés García has been granted with the Young Investigator Award 2017 for the forthcoming 5th EPNOE. The grant honors the oral presentation that she will present in the Conference entitled: “Revalorization of agro-food wastes as potential antioxidant, antimicrobial and polysaccharide sources”, authored by Valdés, A., Martínez-Abad, A., Vilaplana, F., Jiménez, A. and Garrigós, M.C.
5th EPNOE International
Polysaccharide Conference 2017
20–24 August 2017, Jena, Germany
We have participated in the kick of meeting of Barbara project, a project which gathers agrofood waste management, bioplastic, 3D printing, factories of the future, circular economy and the automotive and construction sector.
Aittip Technology Centre hosted the kick of meeting, project in which University of Alicante, in particular, research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis is involved as a partner.
The Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante hosted FUNGUSCHAIN project M6 meeting, project in which University of Alicante, in particular, research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis is involved as a partner.
FUNGUSCHAIN will make use of new cascading processes to extract high value molecules from the fungal residue following the requirements of a range of end-users. A first extraction will yield antimicrobials & antioxidants, proteins, polyols and polysaccharides. Further processing will complete the value chain for delivering cleaning, food and plastic products. The remaining residues will be used for composting or biogas synthesis, thus closing the agricultural cycle.
The Research Group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis (NanoBioPol) through the University of Alicante participates in the European project FUNGUSCHAIN which started on November 2016 and will end in 2020. With a budget of EUR 5.7 million, it gathers a total of sixteen companies, technology centres and universities. FUNGUSCHAIN will make use of new cascading processes to extract high value molecules from the fungal residue following the requirements of a range of end-users. A first extraction will yield antimicrobials & antioxidants, proteins, polyols and polysaccharides. Further processing will complete the value chain for delivering cleaning, food and plastic products. The remaining residues will be used for composting or biogas synthesis, thus closing the agricultural cycle.
6th International Conference on Bio-based and Biodegradable Polymers (BIOPOL-2017) will be held in Mons (Belgium) on 11th-13th September 2017. The conference has the aim to provide a forum for researchers, students and companies from all over the world to exchange up-to-date ideas and opinions on current research and new applications of biopolymers and biocomposites. The most recent findings and innovations in this area will be presented by renowned researchers.
More details in http://www.biopol-conf.org
The 9th ECNP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSTRUCTURED POLYMERS AND NANOCOMPOSITES took place in Rome in September 2016 covered polymer science from fundamentals to applications: synthesis of polymers and macromolecular architectures, characterization, processing, as well as theory of polymers and nanocomposites. The NANOBIOPOL Group had two presentations in the conference with the aim of:
1) the development and characterization of novel edible gelatin films reinforced with pomegranate by-products for food packaging applications authored by Valdés, A., García-Serna, E., Martínez-Abad, A., Vilaplana, F., Jiménez, A. and Garrigós, M.C.
2) an overall presentation of the use of nanocomposites in food packaging applications as well as the use of nanomaterials in food industry, authored by A. Valdés, A.C. Mellinas, N. Burgos, M. Ramos, M.C. Garrigós, A. Jiménez.
More information in http://www.ecnp-eu.org/roma.php
NANOBIOPOL (Research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis)
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