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I am a Professor of Food Process Engineering with the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am on a one-year sabbatical leave and joined the Nanomol Group at ICMAB in September 2010 as a visiting scientist.
I received my BSc and MSc degrees in chemical engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and my PhD in food science from the University of Florida, USA. My research program at the University of Alberta focuses on the value-added processing of agricultural crops with a special focus on separation and conversion technologies. A major focus is the use of supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) technology for the processing of lipids and nutraceuticals. The development of technology through better understanding of the fundamental principles governing this process and evaluation of the products are our main focus. The use of SC-CO2 in my program involves the unit operations of extraction, fractionation, reactions, particle formation and membrane separations as well as a combination of these operations to develop novel processes. Recently, we have been working on micro/nano particle formation using SC-CO2 technology as delivery mechanism for "natural" bioactives. At ICMAB, collaborating with Drs. Nora Ventosa and Jaume Veciana promises to be very exciting for new developments in the area of compressed fluid technologies for designing delivery systems for bioactives.
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