Reports

GP 4

  • Production of Nano Fibers Using Hydrocolloids for Active Packaging Applications

    I went to University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal) Food Engineering Department through the STSM program of this COST Action. It was a very valuable experience for me. I had the chance to produce microparticles which could have antioxidant properties so that they have the potential to be integrated into packaging material. Throughout the STSM I also had the chance to meet with the other faculty there and also gave a seminar on my research which I believe triggered the potential of future collaborations between the groups. Despite the fact that it is a short time, you still can get a lot of experience. I strongly encourage people to apply for STSM programs of COST Actions.

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  • Targeted communinaction of active and intelligent packaging for food

    My name is Katherine Flynn and I am the Scientific Secretary at the European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium. SAFE is a non-profit international association of research institutes concerned with all aspects of food safety: from microbiology through consumer science. I received my PhD in Biology in 1998 from the City University of New York and I have long experience as a university professor and researcher. I decided to apply for an STSM focused on science communication because, more and more, communicating complex science, especially to the layperson, is a part of my work. Like many scientists, I have almost no training in communication. I spent 3 weeks in late August and early September 2018 at Dublin City University working with Prof Padraig Murphy, the Chair of the Science Communication Programme. This STSM opened my eyes to the social science of science communication. I expected to produce a communication about active and intelligent food packaging and instead learned how to understand a target audience and work with them to make an effective and tailored communication package. Thanks to this STSM, I now view science communication in a fresh, interactive and systematic way and I have new colleagues in the field and hopes for future collaboration.

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  • Electrochemical printed biosensors. Development of Smart and Safe packaging.

    My name is Hugo Spieser and I am a joint PhD student between the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2, Grenoble, France) and the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC, Swansea, Wales), working on safe and smart packaging. My PhD organization is divided into two long time periods: the first half spent in the LGP2 focused on antimicrobial packaging whereas the second part is more dedicated to the printing of active sensors in the WCPC. This STSM was a great opportunity for me to visit my joint laboratory in Swansea during a long time period spent in France. Indeed thanks to the COST Action FP1405 funding, it was possible during two weeks to initiate trainings and have an overview of the challenges I will have to tackle when I will be working full time in the WCPC. STSMs are great tools to improve scientific collaboration and represent opportunities to gain scientific and technical knowledge from experts around the world. It was very helpful for me and I would definitely recommend to any young researcher to participate to a STSM!

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  • Coating and /or lamination of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) modified with chitosan and/or alginate to produce active packaging useful for prolonging the shelf-life of food

    My name is Ghislain Fotie and I am a PhD student at the University of Milan (PackLab). I had an experience in the University of Grenoble (LGP2) as a part of my project to implement a novel and compostable food package based on the use of the cellulose nanocrystals. That journey helped me to enrich my career and acquire a lot knowledge in my field of competence. I call on everyone to try a similar experience because I really had a feeling of satisfaction after 3 months spent in Grenoble. I would like to express my singular gratitude to COST (ActInpak) for the financial support I received and through Pr Julien Bras, I would like to thank LGP2 members who welcomed me so warmly from the first day and with whom I shared a privileged moment during my stay. I would be delighted to repeat that type of experience in the future.

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  • Chitosan-genipin coating: an alternative approach for active paper-based materials

    My name is Gonçalo Oliveira and I am a research fellow working at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, an associate laboratory for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. From June 3rd to 17th, 2018, I had the opportunity of doing a STSM in Grenoble INP – Pagora (France) with the purpose of improving the chitosan-genipin paper-based coatings whose first experiments were previously carried out by my supervisor, Idalina Gonçalves. Despite being a very short scientific mission, I enjoyed it since the very first day. The scientific skills that I obtained in the paper coating field, namely working with a paper coating machine, understanding the experimental parameters that need to be adjusted during the coating, and knowing the different characterization techniques required by paper manufacturing/transforming industries. This experience will certainly help me in my future, since I intend to do a PhD in this field.
    Overall, I think the STSM is a very good tool to gain a lot of new theoretical and practical scientific knowledge. It also offers the opportunity of interacting with excellence researchers and establishing important contacts that will enrich my personal and professional career.

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  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF POTENTIAL ADAPTATIONS OF A CONDUCTIVE PRINTED CODE ON CARDBOARD PACKAGING

    My name is Florence Magniez from Pagora, the Graduate School of Paper, Print media and Biomaterials (France). Thanks to Cost Action FP1405 I was able to spend 2 months at Bumaga BV (Netherlands). This Short Term Scientific Mission gives me the opportunity to develop an intelligent packaging based on printed electronics. It was a great experience to work in a multicultural environment and to extend the collaboration between the host and my home institution.

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  • 3D printing of nanocellulose materials for food packaging

    My name is Eduardo Espinosa and I am currently PhD student in the University of Córdoba. Thanks to the Cost Action FP1405 ActinPak it was able to realize a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) during 3 weeks at the group of Biocomposites in the PFI RISE AS (Trondheim, Norway) under the supervision of Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco. This STSM was a great opportunity to put an end to my doctoral thesis on nanocellulose production and applications. In my opinion, I believe that these types of programs and experiences make you grow both personally and professionally, especially for young researchers. On the one hand, it allows you to get to know other countries and adapt to their costumes and lifestyles, and on the other hand, it gives you the opportunity to work in leading research centers and learn from the hand of great scientific. I would strongly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to perform an STSM.

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GP 3

  • Development of electrospun nanofibrous mats with entrapped sage extract (Salvia officinalis L.) as an active food packaging

    My name is Ana Salević and I am currently a PhD student at the University of Belgrade (Serbia). Thanks to the COST Action FP1405 I was hosted by Prof. Dr José María Lagarón Cabello at IATA-CSIC in Valencia (Spain) for 3 months. It was a great opportunity to broaden my ongoing studies and learn new scientific approaches and experimental techniques used in the research group Novel Materials and Nanotechnology. It was a very inspiring and productive visit. Also, STSM was a valuable experience of living in other country, working in an international and multicultural environment and getting to know new culture, people and customs. I would like to thank to the COST Action ActInPak for this opportunity and to Prof. Dr Lagarón and his team for warm hospitality and support.

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  • Development of PHA/fiber-based composites with antimicrobial performance for active food packaging applications

    My name is Sergio Torres-Giner and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at IATA-CSIC (ES). Thanks to COST Action Actinpak I was able to spend 3 months in a STSM at the Universidade do Minho (PT) to develop novel green composites with antimicrobial properties of interest in active food packaging applications. I am really grateful to the EU-funded COST programme for the opportunity this STSM has given me to gain experience as a researcher in an international and multicultural environment, where we were able to innovate and find different ways to perform our research activities in order to succeed.

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  • Sequential subcritical water extraction and acid hydrolysis for obtaining cellulose nanocrystals and xylans from rice husk to be used as reinforcing and active agents in food packaging materials

    My name is Raquel Requena from Univertitat Politècnica of València and thanks to COST ACTION FP1405 I was able to research during 3 month at the Division of Glycoscience Division in the KTH Royal Institute of Technology located in Stockholm, Sweden. This Short Term Scientific Mission was a great opportunity to achieve some objectives of my PhD, which would not otherwise have been completed, since the host institution gave me both the knowledge and the tools necessary to carry out my research, thus promoting the development and transfer of technology in the material science. Moreover, I gain practical and personal skills important to my professional carrier. Therefore, STSM is a perfect tool to carry out a brief study, which I totally recommend to anyone who wants to progress in material science field.

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  • Printing conductive lines on nanocelullose-based bicomposites for packaging applications (Stanislava Maronova)

    My name is Stanislava Maronová and thanks to Cost Action FP1405 it was able to establish collaboration between the research group of Dr. Tomáš Syrový, which is focused to research of material printing, and research group of Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco at RISE PFI AS, which is oriented to research in area of wood fibres, pulp and paper, new biobased materials and sustainable biorefining. The STSM gave me opportunity to do research, which was not possible to do in laboratories at my home institution – University of Pardubice. This was my first experience with STSM and I consider it very positively. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gary Chinga Carrasco and his research group. They all were really professional, always willing to help, but also kind and friendly to me. I learned a lot of things here about new biobased materials. The activities related to functional printing on nanocellulose materials were performed at laboratory at University of Pardubice together with Dr. Tomáš Syrový. Also thanks to experiences of Dr. Syrový in the field of material printing we managed to achieve all activities attached to the proposed work plan. This activity was also for the host and myself mutual benefit, and lead to a strengthening of the collaboration between the host and my home institution. I think STSM is great opportunity for all young researchers, not just for research and knowledge upgrade, but also to travel abroad, get to know new culture and country and establish new contacts.

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  • Production of biodegradable packaging by 3D printing (Joaquim Agusti Tarres Farres)

    I am Quim Tarrés from University of Girona. This short term scientific mission was an opportunity to gain practical skills relevant for my current job and professional development. Also, to promote the development and transfer of technology in relation to material science.

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  • Preparation of active packaging films based on biopolymers and bioactive extracts from plants and fungi by electrospinning technique (Tanja Radusin)

    My name is Tanja Radusin and thanks to Cost Action FP1405 I was able to spend 2 weeks in Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) in Paterna (ES). This STSM gave me opportunity to finalize some of my research goals that were not possible in laboratories available at the University of Novi Sad, and in my Institute. As this was my second experience with STSM (first one was within different COST action), I knew that the preparation is the crucial for the successful outcome, because the time spent during STSM is short, and sometimes it is difficult to finalize all the plans that you may be had.
    Apart from that, however, STSMs represent a great opportunity, not just for research and knowledge upgrade, but also for personal development, because you have the opportunity to see and live in different culture and meet a lot of interesting people.
    In my opinion, therefore, STSM is one of the best tools of the COST, from both networking and applicative sides, and the most valuable point is that it is very available and easy to apply and, if you have a good working plan, in most cases it is not a problem to be financed.
    I recommend all young researchers to apply for the STSM because it gives you multiple benefits from both professional and personal sides.

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GP 2

  • Hydrophobic lignocellulosic films for packaging applications (Daniel Martinez Filgueira)

    My name is Daniel Martinez and I am a PhD student of the University of Vigo. I had the opportunity to perform a STSM in Trondheim (Norway), at the PFI research institute.
    For me the experience was really good. I had the opportunity to work with an expert in the field of biocomposites and nanocellulose (Gary Chinga-Carrasco) from who I learned a lot of things. In addition, the lab devices which I found there were really good, most of them we haven´t in our labs.
    As personal comment, I think it would be better to get the money before starting the STSM, especially in an expensive country like Norway. However, I understand that if you do that it is likely that you have problems to collect the results of the STSM.
    In general, therefore, I think STSM represents a very good tool to enhance researcher mobility and collaboration across Europe and I really thank COST action FP1405 for having given me this opportunity.

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  • Investigation of the oxygen barrier properties of polyethylene films coated with green tea extract loaded liposomes (Damla Dag)

    My name is Damla Dag and I am currently PhD student in University of Georgia, Food Science & Technology Department, USA. In my STSM experience, the cooperation between Middle East Technical University, Department of Food Engineering, Turkey and Zurich University of Applied Science in the DepartmentLife Science and Management, Switzerland was fortified. Thanks to STSM I had a great opportunity to broad my horizon by working the distinguished researchers in my research area. I believe STSM has enriched my life in academic field as well as in theacquisition of intercultural skills and self-reliance. In my opinion, STSM is great chance for researchers who are willing to gain arange of new insights and understanding for the academic life.

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  • Chitosan-genipin paper coating – an alternative approach for active packaging materials (Idalina Gonçalves)

    My name is Idalina Gonçalves and for the first time I realized a STSM.
    This STSM was realized in Grenoble INP – Pagora (France) for 5 weeks. During this period, I had the opportunity to apply a technology studied by my research group on a different matrix. It was quite challenging and very fruitful since it allowed me to learn about new scientific concepts and experimental techniques that were further adapted to my current research. Besides, during this STSM I knew some people that is working on different research fields and since then a nice collaboration has been established between of us. Moreover, to live in a different country and to socialize everyday with people from other countries opened my mind and led me thinking a bit out of the box. Thus, summarizing, this STSM really contributed not only for my growing as a researcher, but also as a person and I believe that was only the first of many STSM in a near future.

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  • Antimicrobial packaging based on enzyme-functionalized fibrillated celluloses (Verena Ambros)

    My name is Verena Ambros, currently enrolled in the Biotechnology program at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. Thanks to Actinpak STSM, I had the possibility to visit the INP PAGORA research centre in Grenoble to study “Antimicrobial packagings based on enzyme-functionalized fibrillated celluloses”. Overall, that was a great experience for me; besides the scientific knowledge exchange, I also learned “other countries, other customs and other labs” and how to work with that!

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  • Rheological characterisation of NFC/xylan-based hydrogels crosslinked by tannic acid and examination of aerogel structures with scanning electron microscopy (Jose Martin Ramos Diaz)

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  • Cost Action – FP1405 ActInPak – STSM Report (Fanny Hoeng)

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  • Obtaining of paper samples, containing of bio-based components and investigation on its influence over the properties of paper (Urška Vrabič Brodnjak)

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  • Report of the STSM (Adriane Cherpinski Correa)

    I am Adriane Cherpinski, currently completing my PhD at the IATA CSIC institute in Valencia, Spain. M y short scientific mission was at the VTT Technical Research Center in Finland, Espoo, where I had the opportunity to make different characterizations in my samples by facilities that we do not have in Valencia. These 3 weeks were very important for my research and I got interesting results to write a paper that, actually, will be submitted very soon for publication in a scientific journal.
    For me this exchange experience was really positive, get to know a new culture and customs was very enriching. Finnish people are polite and help whenever you need.
    The STSM was an important support, the organizers always willing to help at all stages.

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  • Rheology of functional materials for smart packaging (Lidija Slemenik Perše)

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  • Potential applications of electrohydrodynamic processes in paper and boardUse of cellulosic nanofibers for high performance papermaking products (Christian Kossel)

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  • Active edible packaging with Antimicrobial Random Peptides as food preservative (Riccardo De Leo)

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GP 1

  • Multiple-particle tracking for microstructure characterization (Yana Petkova Olson)

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  • Researching the antimicrobial effects and application areas of biobased active coatings for paper-based packaging applications of various fresh products (Anouk Dantuma)

    My name is Anouk Dantuma, and I am currently a Packaging Developer focusing on Value Chain solutions at KCPK/BUMAGA (NL).
    My STSM to the University of Algarve, Portugal has been a great opportunity to broaden my horizon by trying/learning something new in extension of my daily work and by seeing how people work in another part of Europe. What I liked most about it, however, was getting to know the people in the postharvest team so well, both on a professional and personal level.

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  • Measurements of shelf life and anti-fog properties of functionalized cellulose nanocrystals materials for food packaging application (Daniele Oliveira de Castro)

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  • Manufacturing and measurement of superhydrophobicity for paperbased active packaging (Charlène Reverdy)

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  • Scaling up the the antimicrobial polyhydroxyalkanoates production (Jinneth Lorena Castro)

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