I am Professor at the Department of Food Engineering at ITU. My research group has expertise in:
- valorization of agricultural and food production wastes and by-products to obtain value added components
- efficient novel extraction processes (ultrasound, microwave, enzyme-assisted, SC-CO2,..) for obtaining value-added components
-enhancing functional properties and stability of the ingredients through use of encapsulation techniques (electrospinning, coating and liposome production)
-production of functional food components by microbial fermentation and enzymatic conversions from agricultural and food wastes
Our past research projects include novel extraction and recovery of lycopene from tomato waste, protein, polyphenols, polysaccharides, fiber and antioxidants from fruit, vegetable wastes and meals from oil processing. In addition, bioaccessibility of bioactive components and functionality, physicochemical, sensory properties and stability of the components are assessed in the food systems.
Within the context of this call, we can offer solutions regarding the use of innovative and sustainable techniques for the valorization of agricultural wastes, analysis of agro-foods.
- Istanbul Technical University (ITU), founded in 1773, is now one of the leading state universities in Turkey with approximately 32,000 students. ITU is one of the leading research-intensive technical universities in Turkey. Regarding EU funded research; ITU currently has 21 projects from 6th Framework Programme, 47 projects from 7th Framework Programme, 3 projects from MEDA Programme, 2 projects from MINERVA Programme, 1 project from Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, 1 project from MATRA Programme, 1 project from Grundtvig Programme, 1 Project from DG TREN Fund, 1 Project from Youth in Action Programme, 1 project from Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation Programme, 2 Projects from Life Long Learning Programme, 7 projects from Erasmus Plus Programme, 1 project from IPA Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme Programme, 14 projects from Horizon 2020 Programme. Besides, ITU is actively involved in wide range of national projects. In this respect, ITU has around 8000 projects funded by different national research programmes since 2003. ITU is also one of the top Universities in Turkey for Food Engineering.
For further information please check: www.food.itu.edu.tr