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Molecules Webinar | Advances in Polysaccharide Materials

15 Sep 2022, 15:00 (CEST)

Biomaterials, Microbial Polysaccharides, Composites, Porous Materials, Biodegreadation, Biomedial Applications, Food Applications
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32nd Molecules Webinar

Advances in Polysaccharide Materials

Polysaccharides are very diverse in their structure and function; they are widely distributed in nature and are produced by all organisms, plants, animals and microorganisms. Natural polysaccharides (cellulose, starch, hemicelluloses, pectin, chitin, chitosan, alginic acid, carrageenan, etc.) have excellent characteristics, including biodegradability and biocompatibility, which make them extremely attractive for many applications. The presence of different functional groups in the polysaccharides thus allows various chemical or enzymatic modifications, which offer practically limitless options for developing new compounds that are better suited to the targeted applications.

Date: 15 September 2022

Time: 3:00pm CEST | 9:00am EDT | 9:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 814 3903 1173

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Unit of Transformations & Agroressources, Universite d'Artois-UniLaSalle, Bethune, France

Patrick Martin was born in Abbeville (France) in 1963. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Picardie-Jules Verne in 1993 under the supervision of Professor P. Villa in the field of raw materials and glycochemistry. In 1994, he became Assistant Professor at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne in the Laboratoire des Glucides where he worked on amphiphilic glycomolecules and in biological oligosaccharides synthesis. In 2000, he received his Habilitation and was promoted Professor in 2001 at the University of Artois. He manages the Unit Transformations&Agroressources (ULR7519) at Artois University. His current research interests are mainly in the field of bio-based chemistry (biomolecules and biopolymers) and reactivity like glycochemistry (surfactants, liquid crystals, drug targeting, polyphenols, …) and biomaterials. He is the author of 110 international scientific publications and 5 patents.

Unit of Transformations & Agroressources, Universite d'Artois-UniLaSalle, Bethune, France

Nicolas Joly received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Limoges, Limoges, France, in 2003.,His work was dedicated to the chemical modifications of cellulose, more precisely to the crosslinking of cellulose by olefin metathesis. In 2004, he became an Assistant Professor with the IUT of Béthune, University of Artois, Arras, France, where he was promoted as a Professor in 2012. His research activities are mainly focused on bio-based plastics and composites, obtained by the chemistry of natural polysaccharides such as cellulose, starch, inulin, chitin, and chitosan. He joined the Transformations & Agroressources Unit, Artois site (ULR 7519), Béthune, France, in 2018.

Centro de Investigaciones en Química Biológica- CONICET and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina

Dr. Fanani graduated from Biochemistry in 1996 at FCQ-UNC and began her doctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Bruno Maggio under the theme “Supramolecular modulation of the activity of sphingomyelinase in biointerphases”, which ended in 2001 and for which he received the Dr. Agustin Marenzzi Prize, 2000/2001 awarded by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Univ. Buenos Aires. She also developed a brief postdoctoral work following this subject in Dr. Maggio. During 2003-2005, she developed studied on “Lipid Modulation of the Diacylglycerol Kinase Activity of α – and γ -Isoforms” under the supervision of Dr. Richard Epand at McMaster University (Canada). After her return, she obtained a position as Assistant researched (2005) and then as Associate Researcher of CONICET (2008) at CIQUIBIC, focusing her studies on the interfacial restructuring suffering by lipid membranes when they are subjected to the action of lipolytic enzymes. In this way, she deepened in the study of the structural (domain formation), rheological and thermodynamic properties of model lipid membranes (mainly lipid monolayers), in particular those containing simple sphingolipids such as ceramide and sphingomyelin. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor and Independent CONICET Researcher at CIQUIBC, focusing her research on the interaction of amphiphiles of pharmacological interest with model lipid membranes, and how such interaction depends on both the drugs properties and the biophysical properties of the target membrane She has published over forty papers in international scientific journals, of which eight are reviews and has received more than 735 citations (index h 17). Dr. Fanani has received numerous trainees in her laboratory primarily interested in visualizing lipid monolayers by Brewster angle microscopy, which has led to collaborations with the National Univ. South Univ. of Habana, the Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Univ. of the Basque Country.

Invited Speakers

Univ Rennes, CNRS, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, Rennes, France

Thierry Benvegnu is a University Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR). He graduated from ENSCR in 1989 as an engineer and completed a thesis in organic chemistry at the University of Rennes 1 under the supervision of Dr. René Grée as part of a project financed by the Servier laboratories. After a post-doctoral internship in the team of Prof. Paul Wender at Stanford University (USA, 1993-1994), he obtained a position as a lecturer at ENSCR and was appointed Professor of Universities in the same institution in 2004 (Professor of Universities with exceptional status since September 2017). His research activities are based on two themes: the synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of Archaea membrane lipids as nanovectors for active ingredients and nucleic acids and the 'green/blue' chemistry of 100% biodegradable biobased surfactants. He is scientific advisor and co-founder of the start-up SurfactGreen, which specialises in the production and formulation of surfactants based on terrestrial and marine plant raw materials.

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione, Università del Salento, Italy

Dr Patrizia Bocchetta is Assistant Professor of Applied Electrochemistry at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Salento, Italy. She has a deep and long expertise (20 years) in electrochemical material science and technology, especially in the field of electrochemical energy conversion, functional materials and corrosion protection. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, most of them in prestigious international journals and presented more than 60 communications to scientific meetings. She is also co-inventor of 2 European Patents and co-author of two chapters book. She was awarded from Becromal S.p.A (Milano, Italy) for her Master Thesis and from the Hysydays congress (Torino, Italy) for the paper “Preparation and characterization of novel proton conducting membranes for thin film fuel cell”. She has decennial experience in teaching “Applied Physical-Chemistry”, “Applied Electrochemistry”, “Industrial Chemistry”, “Batteries and Fuel Cells”, “Physical chemistry applied to Biomedical Engineering”. Her main research interests focuses on (i) electrocatalytic materials for oxygen reduction reaction; (ii) novel proton exchange membranes for H2/O2 fuel cells; (iii) porous anodic alumina: synthesis and functionalization; (iv) in-situ spectroelectrochemistry; (v) synthesis and characterization of nanostructured metal oxides, conducting polymers and hydrogel (nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes); (vi) conductive and bio-compatible polymers for corrosion protection, energy conversion and sensors; (vii) zn-air batteries; (viii) chitosan-based materials for energy conversion and sensors; (viii) wearable energy conversion and storage devices.

School of Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Kamand, Himachal Pradesh, India

Garima Agrawal did her M.Tech. in polymer science & technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India during which she received the DAAD Fellowship to carry out a research project at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany. After her Ph.D. at DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials - RWTH Aachen University, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Andrij Pich, she joined in 2015 the group of Prof. Bruno De Geest for a postdoctoral stay at the University of Ghent, Belgium. In 2016, she received DST Inspire Faculty Award from Government of India and was appointed as DST Inspire Faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Currently, she is working as an assistant professor at School of Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.

Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA

Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy is Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Morgan State University. She is also Co-Director of the NIH-RISE Program. Dr. McCarthy has established an interdisciplinary research program focused on the areas of vaccine development and bioremediation. Her research interests in the area of enzymology of glycosyltransferases and protein engineering to develop novel carbohydrate structures. She has received over $1.1 million in research funding, including current grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. McCarthy has mentored 34 high school, undergraduate and graduate students in glycoscience research with nearly all of these students coming from groups underrepresented in science. Her teaching efforts have focused on using inclusive teaching practices and active learning to enhance student learning. Dr. McCarthy has served on various committees at the department, school and university level. Outside of Morgan, she has served several professional roles with the American Chemical Society including as Chair of the Maryland local section and as Alternate Councilor of the CARB technical division. Dr. McCarthy joined Morgan as an Assistant Professor in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019. Before Morgan, Dr. McCarthy was an ORISE and NIH PRAT postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA in the laboratory of Dr. Willie Vann. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware under Dr. Colin Thorpe and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Rowan University.

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Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Patrick M. Martin and Dr. Maria Laura Fanani (Chair)

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Thierry Benvegnu

One-Pot and Biomass-Agnostic Syntheses of Biodegradable and Non-Ecotoxic Surfactants or Platform Molecules from Algal Polysaccharides and Pectins

3:10 - 3:30 pm


3:30-3:40 pm

Dr. Patrizia Bocchetta

Ionotropic Gelation of Chitosan for Next Generation Green Membranes for Fuel Cell

3:40 – 4:00 pm


4:00-4:10 pm

Dr. Garima Agrawal

Chitosan based Redox Responsive Nanoparticles for Dual Drug Delivery

4:10 - 4:30 pm


4:30 - 4:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy

Towards Engineering of Bacterial Capsule Polymerases for Synthesis of Novel Carbohydrate-Based Biomaterials

4:40-5:00 pm


5:00-5:10 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Joly (Chair)

5:10 – 5:15 pm

Relevant SI

Advances in Polysaccharide Materials II
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Patrick M. Martin, Prof. Dr. Nicolas Joly & Dr. Maria Laura Fanani
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2023

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