Meet Agostinho Alexandre – visiting reseacher from iBET

Agostinho dos Reis Carrondo Alexandre

Agostinho Manuel dos Reis Carrondo Alexandre has a degree in Biology by the University of Coimbra (FCTUC,2008) and a masters in Biodiversity and Biotechnology by the same University (FCTUC-2010), where he developed his thesis in biodiesel production of cardoon oil extracted by supercritical fluids. This work resulted in a paper authored by him and published in the Journal of Supercritical Fluids, entitled “Biodiesel obtained from supercritical carbon dioxide oil of Cynara cardunculus L.” (doi:10.1016/j.supflu.2012.03.012).

Since 2010 he has been working in iBET in the Nutraceuticals and Delivery Group. Firstly as a research fellow until 2014, working in several projects in the field of supercritical fluid extraction and analytical and bioactivity characterization of extracts obtained, but also in other fields of supercritical fluids utilization. From this period he is one of the co-authors of a paper entitled “Encapsulation of perfluorocarbon gases into lipid-based carrier by PGSS” (doi:10.1016/j.supflu.2013.05.015) among different oral and poster communications.

In 2014 he initiated his PhD under the doctoral programme “Sustainable Chemistry” (New University of Lisbon, University of Oporto and University of Aveiro) with the work “Exploring the potential of strawberry tree fruits (Arbutus unedo) as a source of high-value components and bioactives”. In July of 2014 he participated in the Life Long Learning Intensive Course – Process Intensification by High Pressure Technologies (Glasgow, Scotland). In the year of 2016 he has participated in the Winesense Spring School in “Process Intensification and product development: a focus on grape polyphenols”, lectured in Valladolid in April of the current year. Later that year, also in Valladolid he attended the “Bioproducts Engineering and Biorefineries” course lectured by Dr. Rafael Luque.

He is currently working in the WineSense Project: Research on extraction&formulation intensification processes for natural actives from wine, under the supervision of Maria Jose Cocero.

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