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Encapsulation of bioactive compounds and microorganisms


Scope description:

The present activity concerns working professionals and researchers occupied within the general field of food science. The aim of the activity is to train and/or provide access to research equipment in order to allow users to apply encapsulation methods that enhance the stability of bioactive compounds and the efficient viability of microorganisms. 

Laboratory to which access is provided:

Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Industrial Fermentation, Ionian University. 

Laboratory equipment that will be available:

Fully equipped laboratory including electrospinning/ electrospraying machine, high speed digital homogenizer, freeze dryer, ATR-FTIR, controlled temperature and humidity chamber, incubators, laboratory refrigerators and freezers.

Methods that are used in the laboratory:

The Laboratory has developed protein-based encapsulation methods (protein as the carrier matrix) and the appropriate methods to assess encapsulation efficiency. 

 Permitted time for access to the laboratory:

Access to the laboratory facilities and equipment is provided for 3 days per user (indicatively). 

Time period for access to the service:

1 June – 15 July 2023

Information – Clarifications:

The Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Industrial Fermentation consists of experienced and specialized researchers and the required equipment to apply encapsulation protocols for bioactive compounds or microorganisms. The ability to employ encapsulation methods combined with the subsequent assessment of encapsulation efficiency is provided; for instance the diffusion rate of bioactive compounds or microorganism release, antioxidant activity, confirmation of the successful encapsulation via ATR-FTIR etc. Each user can select a specific compound or microorganism for encapsulation using protein-based polymer carriers. The encapsulation carrier will be available by our laboratory. At the end of the encapsulation process, the user will receive the encapsulated product. 

Each user has the ability to perform encapsulation for one (1) bioactive compound/microorganism. 

Maximum number of users: one (1).