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Research Projects

Ongoing

“WINPUT – Wine-inspired synthesis of blue pyranoflavyliums for topical Photodynamic Therapy” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/QUI-OUT/29013/2017). Start & Finish date: 01/06/2018 – 31/05/2021.

“NUTRALLERPHEN – Dietary polyphenols as prophylactic agents in food allergies” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/SAU-NUT/30448/2017). Start & Finish date: 26/07/2018 – 25/07/2021.

"POLY4CD - Natural Polyphenol´s Role in Prevention of Celiac Disease" funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/OCE-ETA/32287/2017). Start & Finish date: 1/07/2018 – 30/06/2021.


“FoodSmarTag – Novel Anthocyanin-Based Smart Sensors for Food Packaging” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/OCE-ETA/31250/2017). Start & Finish date: 20/10/2018 – 19/10/2021.

IBERPHENOL – Research cooperative within the scope of polyphenols and its industrial applications.

Ref. 0377_IBERPHENOL_6_E

Funded by the European Fund for Regional Development – INTERREG Spain-Portugal

Duration: 3 years (started in May 2017)

VINE&WINE RESIDUES – Unlimited resources of high-value polyphenols for application into Functional Foods.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology  - FCT (PTDC/AGR-TEC/2789/2014). In collaboration with University of Aveiro (Prof. Artur Silva) and FCT-UNL (Prof. Fernando Pina and Doctor Nuno Basílio)

 

FOODNANOSENSE – Bio-sensing research on food astringency and bitterness of natural phenolics.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/AGR-TEC/6547/2014). In collaboration with BioMark (Dr. Goreti Sales).

 

ANTHO4SKIN – New anthocyanin derivatives for technological applications in the cosmetic industry.

Funded by funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT (PTDC/AGR-TEC/3078/2014).

SOLFLAV – Dye Sensitized Solar Cells based on ionic liquids and synthetic flavylium compounds.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/QEQ-QFI/1971/2014). In colaboration with the FCT-UNL (Dr. Fernando Pina).

UID/QUI/50006/2013 - Associated Laboratory for Green Chemistry - Clean Technologies and Processes

NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000011

Concluded 

BIOPAD – Bio-inspired synthesis of new classes of anthocyanin derivatives from wines”.

Funding by funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT (PTDC/QUI-QUI/117996/2010). 2011-2015.

 

VINOFLAVO – Red wine flavonoids: bioavailability and biological properties.” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/AGR-TEC/2227/2012), 2013 to 2015.

 

Antioxidant and antiradical characterization of polyphenolic compounds; bioavailability, biological properties and cell signalling.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/QUI/65501/2006). 2009-2011.

 

New Methodologies to Study the Taste of Foods: Interpretation of Food Astringency.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT (PTDC/AGR-ALI/67579/2006). 2007 – 2010.

 

Reaction Between Catechins and Anthocyanins: Synthesis of new pigments.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PTDC/QUI/67681/2006). 2007 – 2010.

 

FOOD NEOCOLORS – Synthesis and physical-chemical characterization of new anthocyanin-derived pigments with potential application in the Food Industry.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT (PTDC/AGR-ALI/65503/2006). 2007-2010.

 

Influence of Procyanidin Structures on their Ability to Complex with Anthocyanins - A Molecular Interpretation of Colour.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT (POCTI/QUI//40124/2001). 2002-2005.

 

Study of Grape Procyanidins of Portuguese Vatieties of Vitis vinifera L. and their Incidence on the Poliphenolic Composition of Wine

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT (PRAXIS/PCEX/QUI/105/96). 1997-1999.

 

Member of Projects:

 

The influence of phenolic compounds on growth and metabolism of wine lactic acid bacteria.

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT POCTI/AGG/40724/2001. 2003-2006.

Institution responsible: Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (Univ. Católica).

 

Red Grapes varieties from the Douro Region: viticultural influences on the aroma and structure of the wines produced.

Funded by Minister of Agriculture (AGRO 313). 2001-2004.

Institution responsible: Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (Univ. Católica)

 

Identification of quality parameters in selected red wine grapes and their respective wines from the Douro demarcated region.

Funded by Minister of Agriculture (PAMAF 6161). 1997-2000.

Institution responsible: Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (Univ. Católica)

 

Projects in collaboration with Industry

 

Development of a dry yeast protein extracts for white and red wine finning.

Funded by Agency National for Research (ANI) FCOMP 017687 - Project  in collaboration with Proenol – Industria Biotecnológica, S.A. 2016-2018

 

CorkPlus – Chemical contribution of cork stoppers for the chemical composition and sensorial properties of wines.

Funded by Agency National for Research (ANI) QREN/I & DT / 2016 - Project  in collaboration with AMORIM & IRMÃOS, S.A. 2016-2018

 

Development of new methodologies for the improvement of Pink Port Wine.

Funded by Agency National for Research (ANI) QREN/I & DT - PI/24939/2012 – Project in collaboration with Port wine Gran Cruz company. 2012 – 2014.

 

Production of new natural colourings and their applications in the Food Industry.

In collaboration with FRULACT

Funded by Minister of Agriculture (AGRO 386). 2003-2006.

 

Influence of different spirits on the Port Wine quality.

Funded by Minister of Agriculture (AGRO 265). 2001-2004.

In collaboration with the IVDP and Taylor-Fonseca S.A.

 

Projects funded by Industry

 

RED – Development of new formulation to stabilize the red colour of strawberry juices.

SUMOL+COMPAL Marcas, S.A. 2015-2017.

 

Effect of different wine stoppers in the quality of wines

Symington, Vinhos S. A. 2006-2012.

 

Effect of the addition of commercial tannins in the quality of Old Port Wines.

Symington, Vinhos S. A. 2006-2012.

 

Cork4Health – Impact of Cork stopper in red wines polyphenol compositon. Funded by APCOR (Associação Portuguesa da Cortiça) and the IR was BIOCANT - Centro de Investigação em Biotecnologia. (2007)

 

Study of the wine spirits chemical composition and their influence on the quality of fortified wines from the Douro region. (2001).

Lucien Bernard & Cie e Taylor-Fonseca S.A.,

 

Effect of the addition of tannins in the quality of Port Wines

Symington, Vinhos S. A. 1999.

 

Investigation of the presence of hybrid grape varieties in wine from the “Região dos Vinhos Verdes” throughout the detection of furaneol. (1996).

Comissão de Vicultura da Região de Vinhos Verdes.

 

Transnational Join Projects

 

A collaborative research and development on novel technologies for stabilizing natural anthocyanin pigments and their applications

Sino-Portuguese Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology (Ref. 441.00) in collaboration with Wuhan Polytechnic University, P.R. China. - 2014-2016.

 

Fluorescence properties of red wine polyphenols.

Luso-Italian action (Ref. FCT/CNR), in collaboration with the CNR – Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, Sesto Fiorentino (Florença). 2011-2013

 

Interaction between anthocyanins and flavanols: Characterization of new pigments and their influence on wine colour.

Luso-Spanish Action E-2/00, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Salamanca (Dr. Celestino Santos Buelga) and the Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro (Dr. Artur Silva). 2000/2002.

 

Study of the pigments resulting from the interaction between anthocyanins and other compounds present in Port Wines.

Luso-Spanish Action E-23/02, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Salamanca (Dr. Celestino Santos Buelga) and the Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro (Dr. Artur Silva). 2002/2004.

 

Other Projects

 

Co-autor do projecto aprovado no âmbito do Programa Operacional Regional do Norte (Q.N.2  – O Novo Norte) de Apoio a Infra-estruturas Científicas e Tecnológicas que permitiu dotar a Universidade do Porto de um “Laboratório de Análise Estrutural” através da aquisição de vários equipamentos científicos, tais como: (A) um espectrómetro de RMN-600 MHz; (B) um espectrómetro de RPE de banda X; (C) um espectrómetro de Massa ESI-Q-TOF; (D) um espectrómetro de Massa MALDI-TOF. Referência do projecto: NORTE-01-0162-FEDER-000049. 2013.

 

Laboratory of LC-Mass Spectrometry

Funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT - REEQ/275/QUI/2005.

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