Welcome to the webpages of the Division of Glycoscience in the KTH School of Biotechnology!
Senior Scientist: Dr Francisco Vilaplana
Funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Wallenberg Wood Science Centre
Date of birth: 20 September 1979
Office phone: +46 (0)8 5537 8383
Address: Please see the address page.
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.
(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 .
|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|
|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|
- L.S. McKee, H. Sunner, G.E. Anasontzis, G. Toriz, P. Gatenholm, V. Bulone, F. Vilaplana*, L. Olsson* (2016). A GH115 α-glucuronidase from Schizophyllum commune contributes to the synergistic enzymatic deconstruction of softwood glucuronoarabinoxylan.
Biotechnology for Biofuels, 9, 2.
- A. Martínez-Abad, A.C. Ruthes, F. Vilaplana* (2016). Enzymatic-assisted extraction and modification of lignocellulosic plant polysaccharides for packaging applications.
Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133, 2, 42523.
- F. Vilaplana, E. Strömberg, S. Karlsson (2011) Environmental and resource aspects of sustainable biocomposites.
Polymer Degradation and Stability 95, 11, 2147-2161.
- M.A. Sullivan, F. Vilaplana, R.A. Cave, D. Stapleton, A.A. Gray-Weale, RG Gilbert (2010) Nature of α and β Particles in Glycogen Using Molecular Size Distributions.
Biomacromolecules 11, 4, 1094-1100.
- F. Vilaplana, R.G. Gilbert (2010) Two-Dimensional Size/Branch Length Distributions of a Branched Polymer.
Macromolecules, 43, 17, 7321–7329.
- 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.