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Development of green analytical methodologies in the search for high-added value organic compounds in agricultural waste

Grant number: 17/06216-6
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: March 01, 2018 - February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Cristiano Soleo de Funari
Grantee:Cristiano Soleo de Funari
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas (FCA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Carla dos Santos Riccardi ; Clenilson Martins Rodrigues ; Dario Arrua ; Emily Frances Hilder ; Felipe Korbus Sutili ; Young Hae Choi
Associated grant(s):22/00645-0 - Integral valorization of soya and wheat by-products generated in Brazil and United Kingdom: a cascading value-adding approach, AP.R SPRINT
18/01786-1 - Multi-user equipment approved in grant 2017/06216-6: ultra high performance liquid chromatograph, AP.EMU
Associated scholarship(s):20/00484-1 - Development of a green, fast and inexpensive procedure for the extraction of fixed and volatile compounds from inflorescences, leaves and branches of Humulus lupulus L. (Cannabaceae), BP.IC
19/27546-0 - Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NADES) applied to the extraction of specialized metabolites from sugarcane agricultura waste, BP.IC
18/21128-9 - Development of green methodologies in the chemical investigation of agroindustrial wastes of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) and its derivatives, BP.DD
18/21943-4 - Development of green methodologies in the chemical research of culture and coffee processing (Coffea arabica L.), BP.MS
18/09886-5 - Development of green methodologies in the chemical investigation of agro-industrial wastes of sugar cane, BP.MS


It is estimated that a quarter of the approximately 140 billion tons of agricultural biomass produced per year worldwide is produced in Brazil, and that more than 30% of the total waste produced in this country are agricultural wastes. According to the United Nations, there is the need to intensify research on technologies for converting agricultural waste into useful resources to society. The search for compounds of interest in waste through advanced value-added strategies based on green technologies, before adding them to low value-added products, has been seen as a way to preserve environmental resources and as a strategy for diversify the generation of products from a single feedstock. In this project, the proponent planned to take advantage of his previous experiences in Green Chemistry applied to natural products and Analytical Chemistry, acquired in Brazil and abroad (he spent about 3 years between Spain, Italy, Suisse and Australia), in academia and in industry, on the chemical investigation of agricultural waste. The means of investigation their selves will be object of study, since analytical techniques are an important target for the application of principles of sustainability (nowadays, the ends cannot justify the means!). Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NADES) and biodegradable low toxicity solvents will be investigated as extractor medias and mobile phase modifiers, whereas ultra-high performance liquid chromatography at reduced flow rates will be preferably employed as separation technique. The project execution and the acquired results will be used to boost the teaching of sustainability principles and practices for students of "Engineering of Bioprocesses and Biotechnology" and for interns and graduate students linked to the newly created Department of Bioprocesses and Biotechnology and GreenBiotech Research Group to which the proponent is affiliated. A team of young scientists from Brazil, Australia and Holland operating in different subfields of chemistry has been strategically stablished to overcome challenges of the project. (AU)

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Scientific publications (11)
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CARNEIRO, ARIADNE MAGALHAES; MOREIRA, EDUARDA ANTUNES; BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE SANCHEZ; BORGES, MAIARA STEFANINI; PILON, ALAN CESAR; RINALDO, DANIEL; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO. Soya agricultural waste as a rich source of isoflavones. Food Research International, v. 130, . (16/13292-8, 14/50926-0, 16/08179-8, 17/06216-6)
BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE SANCHEZ; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO; IBANEZ, ELENA; CIFUENTES, ALEJANDRO. Metabolomics as a Tool to Study Underused Soy Parts: In Search of Bioactive Compounds. FOODS, v. 10, n. 6, . (17/06216-6, 18/21128-9, 20/09500-0)
SANCHEZ BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE; SOCAS-RODRIGUEZ, BARBARA; MENDIOLA, JOSE A.; CIFUENTES, ALEJANDRO; SOLEO FUNARI, CRISTIANO; IBANEZ, ELENA. Pressurized natural deep eutectic solvents: An alternative approach to agro-soy by-products. FRONTIERS IN NUTRITION, v. 9, p. 14-pg., . (14/50926-0, 20/09500-0, 18/21128-9, 17/06216-6, 18/01786-1)
SARTORI, LEONARDO DE OLIVEIRA; SOUZA, AMAURI ALVES; BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE SANCHEZ; FORTUNA, GABRIEL CASSIA; GIARDINI BONFIM, FILIPE PEREIRA; RODRIGUES SARNIGHAUSEN, VALERIA CRISTINA; CARNEIRO, RENATO LAJARIM; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO. An efficient, fast, and green procedure to quantify alpha- and beta-acids and xanthohumol in hops and their derived products. Food Chemistry, v. 373, n. B, . (17/06216-6, 18/01786-1, 19/27066-8, 18/21128-9, 20/00484-1)
ASSIRATI, JULIA; RINALDO, DANIEL; RABELO, SARITA CANDIDA; BOLZANI, VANDERLAN DA SILVA; HILDER, EMILY FRANCES; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO. A green, simplified, and efficient experimental setup for a high-throughput screening of agri-food by-products - From polar to nonpolar metabolites in sugarcane solid residues. Journal of Chromatography A, v. 1634, . (18/50025-3, 17/06216-6, 18/09886-5, 18/01786-1, 14/50926-0)
SANCHEZ BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE; ALVAREZ-RIVERA, GERARDO; BREITKREITZ, MARCIA CRISTINA; IBANEZ, ELENA; CIFUENTES, ALEJANDRO; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO. Metabolite Profiling of Soy By-Products: A Comprehensive Approach. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, v. 70, n. 23, p. 21-pg., . (18/21128-9, 14/50926-0, 17/06216-6, 18/01786-1, 20/09500-0)
FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO; SUTTON, ADAM T.; CARNEIRO, RENATO LAJARIM; FRAIGE, KARINA; CAVALHEIRO, ALBERTO JOSE; BOLZANI, VANDERLAN DA SILVA; HILDER, EMILY F.; DARIO ARRUA, R.. Natural deep eutectic solvents and aqueous solutions as an alternative extraction media for propolis. Food Research International, v. 125, . (17/06216-6, 13/15086-8, 13/07600-3, 16/50009-2)
BORGES, MAIARA S.; ZANATTA, ANA C.; SOUZA, OTAVIO A.; PELISSARI, JOAO H.; CAMARGO, JULIO G. S.; CARNEIRO, RENATO L.; FUNARI, CRISTIANO S.; BOLZANI, VANDERLAN S.; RINALDO, DANIEL. A green and sustainable method for monitoring the chemical composition of soybean: an alternative for quality control. Phytochemical Analysis, v. 32, n. 4, p. 562-574, . (14/50926-0, 17/06216-6, 16/08179-8)
DA SILVA, MARIANA RODRIGUES; BRAGAGNOLO, FELIPE SANCHEZ; CARNEIRO, RENATO LAJARIM; CARVALHO PEREIRA, ISABELA DE OLIVEIRA; AQUINO RIBEIRO, JOSE ANTONIO; RODRIGUES, CLENILSON MARTINS; JELLEY, REBECCA E.; FEDRIZZI, BRUNO; FUNARI, CRISTIANO SOLEO. Metabolite characterization of fifteen by-products of the coffee production chain: From farm to factory. Food Chemistry, v. 369, . (18/21943-4, 17/06216-6, 18/01786-1, 18/21128-9)
FUNARI, CRISTIANO S.; RINALDO, DANIEL; BOLZANI, VANDERLAN S.; VERPOORTE, ROBERT. Reaction of the Phytochemistry Community to Green Chemistry: Insights Obtained Since 1990. Journal of Natural Products, v. N/A, p. 20-pg., . (14/50926-0, 17/06216-6)
DA SILVA, RODRIGUES M.; JELLEY, R.; CARNEIRO, R.; FEDRIZZI, B.; WEBER, C.; FUNARI, C.. Green Extractions of Bioactive Secondary Metabolites in By-Products of the Coffee Production Chain. Planta Medica, v. 88, n. 15, p. 2-pg., . (17/06216-6, 18/21943-4)

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