PhD student profile, Anna Ramona Speranza

PhD Student:  Anna Ramona Speranza (ORCID n. 0000-0001-8935-8380)


Supervisor: Prof.ssa Stefania Iametti

Co-tutor: Prof.ssa Sara Limbo

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Chemistry and Biochemistry


Research topic

Molecular determinant of structural behavior of food-related macromolecules


Project Synopsis

Buckwheat processing produce a certain amount of side stream and byproducts materials, that are an excellent source of bioactive compounds and lignocellulose. The aim of this project is to set up a sustainable process for byproduct recovery from buckwheat food processing, limiting the use of chemicals. A sequential approach has been devised by using processes that have a low environmental impact. The first step involves recovery of compounds that can be reused in the composition of new foods or as a functional ingredient, such as polyphenols. The residual lignocellulosic material will be used to recover specific cellulosic fractions, that may have applications in various fields, from packaging to cosmetics, thanks to their mechanical properties, reinforcing capabilities, abundance, low density, and biodegradability.


Project keywords

Buckwheat, food waste, green processes, sustainability



DeFENS – Division of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences

Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano – Italy

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Prof.ssa Sara Limbo- DeFENS

Prof.ssa Alessandra Marti- DeFENS

Prof. Alberto Barbiroli- DeFENS

Prof. Diego Romano- DeFENS



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano, Molino Filippini (DM 352)


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