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Microstructure Designs Inspired by Nature

This lecture will illustrate how Nature derived composite materials can be applied in designing novel foods, personal care and/or pharmaceutical products. First, we will show how one can use plant cells called xylem vessels, rod-like tubular structures, which plants use to transport water and apply them for structuring water phase in low fat healthy mayonnaise with superior taste. In the second example we will look at another nature structure : plant pollens. It is known that certain plant pollens or other spores are capable of crossing the gut wall, largely intact, but is then destroyed within the blood stream, thereby releasing its contents. It has been recently recognized that empty pollen shells (sporopollenin) can be used to develop novel drug and nutraceutical delivery systems, providing an injection alternative, where drugs, foods supplements and actives can be delivered orally.




Prof. Dr Simeon Stoyanov received his PhD from Essen University, Germany. He has worked in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics and Engineering in University of Sofia, Bulgaria, as a visiting scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, University of Erlangen and Henkel R&D in Dusseldorf, Germany. Currently he is a senior scientist in Colloids and Interfaces at Unilever R&D in Vlaardingen and a visiting professor in University of Wageningen, The Netherlands and University College London, UK. His research interests cover various topics of soft-condensed matter, materials science, self-assembly, surface science of liquid–liquid interfaces, foams and emulsions, physical-chemistry of digestion and encapsulation.



Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands