The Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe, devoted to promote scientific and technological research and train staff in order to contribute to advancing knowledge. The research packaging group of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) conducts fundamental and applied research work in the areas of novel biomass-derived materials and ingredients for food-related applications, with a special emphasis on development and characterization of sustainable packaging structures. Specifically, the group from IATA-CSIC, is composed by 4 senior researchers, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 2 technicians with multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of biomass valorization, materials development and characterization (specifically food packaging) and optimization of extraction processes from different biomass sources. The CSIC team has participated in several national consecutive granted R&D projects since 1991 and also within several FP6, FP7 and H2020 European Integrated Projects in these areas.
Maria José Fabra
Dr. Maria José Fabra is a permanent scientist at CSIC with expertise in edible films/coatings and biodegradable materials for food packaging. She has performed research works with a number of biopolymers and active/bioactive compounds, analyzing the physical properties and functionality of the final products. Moreover, Dr. Fabra has a deep knowledge and broad experience in the structural characterization of food and packaging materials and an extensive research work has been conducted by Dr. Fabra related to the development of new biopolymer-based materials for diverse applications. Her research activities have resulted in more than 100 SCI publications in high impact journals of the area, 4 patents, 17 book chapters and 75 communications in scientific congresses (h-index 41). She is the CSIC responsible for the Fitness 2.0 project and she is involved in lecture content development and dissemination.
Dr. Amparo López-Rubio is permanent scientist of CSIC working at the packaging group. She has broad experience in developing novel materials for improving food quality and safety and has proved experience in managing both public and industrial projects and she has been involved in the training of several researchers. Her research work has resulted in more than 200 SCI publications in high impact journals of the area, 9 patents (2 of them licensed), 22 book chapters, 10 dissemination publications, more than 100 conference contributions (h-index 52). She is involved in lecture content development and dissemination.