PhD Student: Tommaso Bellesia (ORCID n. 0000-0002-1530-765X)
Supervisor: Stefano Farris – PackLab
Dean: Prof. Diego Mora
Research area: Food Science and Nutrition
Active and intelligent coating systems for sustainable food packaging materials
In this project proposal, we will focus on the development of a new class of cellulosic materials that exhibit simultaneous environmental performance and outstanding functional properties to be used for food packaging applications. Toward this goal, we will use cellulose microfibrils (MFCs) obtained from the parental macro-sized cellulose as a residue or waste of the agri-food industry or as a scrap of the manufacturing process of cellulosic materials at industrial level. MFCs will be used both as additive of the main cellulosic network or as a filler of a biocomposite coating deposited on the surface of the cellulosic substrate. The proposed project can represent a step forward for the generation of a new class of cellulosic materials.
Food Packaging, cellulose, bioplastics, circular economy
Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences – DeFENS
Via Celoria, 2 – 20133 Milan (MI)
Phone: +39 02503 16654
Prof. Diego Romano – UNIMI/DeFENS – Bioprocess and Biocatalysis Division
Fellowship sponsor: Programma Operativo Nazionale “Ricerca e Innovazione” 2014-2020 – Action IV.5 “Doctorates on green topics” (PON); Fedrigoni S.p.A.
Project sponsor: Fedrigoni S.p.A.