António Vicente, PhD

Universidade do Minho

Antonio Vicente is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at UMinho since April 2014, and vice-Dean of the School of Engineering of UMinho since October 2019, following his previous appointment as Head of the Department of Biological Engineering of UMinho. From an early stage of his career, he has kept a close contact with the food industry and he has been involved in >40 research projects, both national and international, together with industrial partners both as participant and as project leader.
His main research interests are:
micro and nanotechnology applied to Food Technology (e.g. for encapsulation/immobilization of bioactive compounds), using different structures (nano-)multilayered films and coatings, (nano)emulsions, (nano)particles and (nano)gels, all from food-grade materials
in vitro digestion system for evaluation of the fate of foods in the GI tract
food processing by ohmic heating/moderate electric fields (namely the study of the effects of electric currents on biomolecules and cells)
edible films and coatings for food products (chemical, physical and functional characterization)
bioreactor technology (including design and operation of bioreactors for the growth of microalgae and cyanobacteria)
He supervised 35 PhD theses; he has also supervised over 70 MSc theses and 20 post-doctoral fellows.
He has published over 280 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 5 books, 5 patents and over 30 book chapters in international books, yielding an h-index of 57 (SCI). Member of evaluation panels in several EU calls, and for National Research Agencies of over 15 countries around the Globe. He has been considered a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics) in the area of Agricultural Sciences in 2018, 2019 and 2020.