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Ana Villares

Biopolymers, Interactions and Assemblies, Nantes

Preparation of nanostructures with polysaccharides from mushrooms

Annual meeting: 2013

Fields-Topics: P5 Products and Technology

Type of talk: Fellows Speed Presentation

Preparation of nanostructures with polysaccharides from mushrooms


I graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Zaragoza University (Spain) in 2003. In 2008, I obtained a European PhD from Zaragoza University, concentrating at the fabrication and characterization of thin films containing conjugated organic derivatives. In 2008, I undertook a 5 years researcher position at the Centre for the Food Quality (INIA) in Soria (Spain) and actively collaborated with the Centre setting-up and establishment of research lines, conducting studies on emerging projects on bioactive components from natural products. In 2013, I undertook a post-doctoral AgreenSkills fellowship at the INRA Research Unit of Biopolymers, Interactions and Assemblies in Nantes (France) aimed at the fabrication of multilayer films containing polysaccharides obtained from natural sources. In 2015, I got a permanent scientist position at INRA. My project is focused on the development of new materials from natural sources. Specifically, I work on the surface modification of nanocelluloses by innovative approaches, such as enzymatic.


Increasing environmental awareness and limitation of petroleum resources stimulate research dedicated to bio-based materials with low environmental impact and innovative functionality. The living world can be a fruitful source of inspiration and my project is aimed at the preparation and characterization of nanostructures containing polysaccharides extracted from natural sources. Two naturally occurring polysaccharides, chitin nanocrystals and xyloglucan, will be assembled onto multilayer thin films using the spin-assisted layer-by-layer procedure. The adsorption process and interactions between xyloglucan and chitin will be examined, and the impact of experimental parameters on film growth will be studied, including rinsing step, chitin concentration, and ionic strength. The resultant films will be characterized in order to obtain information about the molecular arrangement, surface coverage, thickness, roughness, etc.

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