05/05/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Analytical Chemistry

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    02/09/2021 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    HE / MSCA
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Granada
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    International Research Projects Office
  • DEPARTMENT
    Promotion and Advisory Unit
  • LABORATORY
    NA

Professor Ana María Gómez Caravaca, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open)

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The research group FQM-297 from the University of Granada is a group specialised in "Analysis and Food Analytical Chemistry". Currently, the research line is focused on bioactive compounds from agri-food origin and the revalorization of by-products from the industry to develop nutraceuticals and functional foods. His major strength is its research in the characterization of bioactive compounds using advanced analytical techniques. In this sense, this research group combines basic research and transfer of knowledge thanks to a wide network, including national and international collaborations. This research group has enforce his relevant position due to a wide number of publications in high impact journals as well as a high number of projects successfully developed which have lead 5 intellectual property. In addition, the research group has a large career in researchers training; 6 PhD dissertations have been defended in the last 5 years and currently, 3 PhD students are carrying out their thesis in the research group.

In the last 5 years the group has published 85 articles in international journals. Also, the research developed during this period has been presented as oral or poster format in international and national congresses. Also, the group members have published 7 books/chapters as authors or editors, they have co-supervised 4 doctoral theses (3 with European recognition), and more than 15 master and bachelor theses. During this period, the group has participated in 9 research projects (from local, national and recently International calls) and 2 research contracts with companies and public institutions. Finally, note that during this period the research group has delivered a different workshops, seminars and specialization courses.

Project description:

Agricultural production and agro-food industry furnish large volumes of solid wastes, residues and by-products. Agricultural and food industry wastes have a plethora of phytochemicals with commercial interest that can be recovered to decrease the waste generation and to improve the economic feasibility of the main process, by producing secondary streams of added-value compounds and mitigating environmental impact.

Thus, the application of a suitable pretreatment to improve the recovery of the phytochemicals is crucial to make bio-based products competitive with the other existing ones. The project will be focused on the design of sustainable technologies to recover phenolic compounds from Spanish agro-food residues. Mainly, olive leaves and tropical fruits agro-food residues produced by Spanish industries will be considered, and microbial fermentation will be used as agro-food waste pretreatment to enhance the phenolic yield after extraction. Ultrasound assisted extraction via sonotrode will be also used as non-thermal extraction technique in non-fermented and fermented agro-food residues. The determination of phenolic profiles by chromatography (HPLC coupled to UV-Vis, FLD and MS) and in vitro antioxidant, antidiabetic and antimicrobial properties of the extracts will be assessed. The most promising extracts will be purified using resins. Furthermore, the most promising antimicrobial extracts will be used as functional ingredients.

Briefly, the goal of this project is to propose a new sustainable process based on the use of several techniques for the recovery of phenolic compounds from agro-food residues producing enriched extracts that could be used for functional foods, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical scope.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Ana María Gómez Caravaca (anagomez@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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