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Naiara Fernández Hernández

Principal Scientist

Natural Bioactives and Nutraceuticals Process Technology

naiara.fernandez@ibet.pt

+351 916 970 177

Naiara is Principal Scientist of the Natural Bioactives and Nutraceuticals Process Technology Lab of the Food and Health division at iBET since 2019.

She holds a Chemical Sciences degree from the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain) and obtained her PhD in Industrial and Synthetic Chemistry with the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain) in the area of Asymmetric Organic Synthesis in 2012. During her PhD, contributed to the study of the activation of a,ß-unsaturated aldehydes via aminocatalysis in enantioselective processes, specifically through (3+2) Cycloadditions and Michael/Henry cascade reactions.

She joined iBET in 2017, as Senior Research Associate to co-manage a privately funded project, related to the valorization of microalgae biomass by the extraction of high added value biocompounds and chemical and biological characterization of extracts.

Current Research: Currently she coordinates ongoing national and European projects, mainly in the area of the valorization of agro-food industry byproducts. She is focused on green extractions (high pressure extractions, alternative solvents, process intensification), purification (physicochemical and chromatographic methods), chemical characterization, micro formulation, and health related activity of natural compounds (anti-inflammatory and anticancer potential, cosmetic application)


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