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Francisco Vilaplana

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Senior Scientist: Dr Francisco Vilaplana
Funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Wallenberg Wood Science Centre


Date of birth: 20 September 1979
Citizenship: Spanish

Office phone: +46 (0)8 5537 8383

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Research interests :: Curriculum Vitae :: Key publications :: All publications :: Main collaborators :: Teaching

Research Interests

Polysaccharides represent the main components of biomass and therefore comprise the main renewable resource for biofuel and material production. The structural heterogeneity of native polysaccharides at the different hierarchical levels is fundamental for their specific functionality and environmental adaptability in biological tissues; however, this structural complexity imposes major difficulties for their energy-efficient exploitation for the design of advanced materials with tailored properties through biotechnological processes.

- Characterization of complex cell wall and energy-reserve polysaccharides.

My goal is to obtain a better understanding of the molecular organization of energy-reserve and cell wall polysaccharides from plants and other eukaryotic organisms at the different hierarchical structural levels (see Figure), with a special focus on the intramolecular substitution pattern and the macromolecular architecture. This is implemented by the use of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques coupled with biochemical approaches.

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(modified from Vilaplana and Gilbert, J. Sep. Sci. (2010) 33, 22, 3537-3554)


- Fundamental design of advanced materials using inspiration from nature's cell walls.

This fundamental structural knowledge about native energy-reserve and cell wall polysaccharides is exploited for the rational design of sustainable materials with improved properties. Controlling self-assembly and supramolecular structure of such novel materials is the key for their advanced macroscopic properties and applicability.

- Environmental/biological implications of sustainable biocomposites.

The interaction of the native polysaccharides with different biological systems and the impact of the prepared biocomposites on the surrounding environment are also of great interest for their applicability and sustainability .

Curriculum Vitae

2015- Associate Professor, Division of Glycoscience KTH Biotechnology, Stockholm, Sweden
2011-2015 Senior Scientist, Division of Glycoscience KTH Biotechnology, and Wallenberg Wood Science Centre (WWSC), Stockholm, Sweden
2011- Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2009-2011 Post-doctoral Researcher, Analytical-Chemistry Group (with Prof. Peter J. Schoenmakers), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009-2011 Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (with Prof. Robert G. Gilbert), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Academic Degrees

2008 PhD in Polymer Technology, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 PhD in Chemical Engineering, Institute for Materials Technology, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
2007 Licenciate in Polymer Technology, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
2003 Bachelor of Arts in Music, Conservatory of Music of Alicante, Spain

Key Publications

(All publications)

Main Collaborators

International

  • Prof. Bob Gilbert,Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Prof. Mike Gidley, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Prof. Peter Schoenmakers Analytical-Chemistry Group, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Teaching