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GUIAUniversity Analytical Research Group

Research Lines

Processes & Recycling

Food packaging

Research on food-packaging interactions. Studies of food safety related to the packaging: migration test (global and specific), analysis of food packaging components (additives, adhesives, inks...

Research on food-packaging interactions. Studies of food safety related to the packaging: migration test (global and specific), analysis of food packaging components (additives, adhesives, inks, ..) and NIAS (non intentionally added substances). Design and development of active and intelligent packaging. Design and development new materials with antioxidant properties based on nanoparticles.

Environmental research

Environmental studies. Development of analytical methodologies for the analysis of pollutants (PAHs, nitro-PAHs, oxi-PAHs, PCBs, heavy metals, etc).

Environmental studies. Development of analytical methodologies for the analysis of pollutants (PAHs, nitro-PAHs, oxi-PAHs, PCBs, heavy metals, etc).

Development of analytical methodologies

Development of analytical methodologies in different areas such as packaging, environment, food, cosmetics or biological fluids.

Development of analytical methodologies in different areas such as packaging, environment, food, cosmetics or biological fluids.

Risk analysis (GUIAR group)

Evaluation of technological risks, major accidents in industry (chemical hazard) and risk analysis. Development of emergency plans and self-protection plans. Evaluation of security reports on the...

Evaluation of technological risks, major accidents in industry (chemical hazard) and risk analysis. Development of emergency plans and self-protection plans. Evaluation of security reports on the frame of Seveso directive.

Key Projects

Processes & Recycling

HECATE: Desarrollo de un producto tecnológico para minimizar la problemática del transporte de mercancías peligrosas. INNPACTO
Development of a new active packaging material for fresh meat and for mushrooms. INNPACTO
Development of a new active packaging material for minimallly processed nectarine (peaches) (IV gamma). INIA-INNPACTO
Development of an antimicrobial active packaging for paper and board

REPSOL (Rylesa) (private financement): Development of an antimicrobial active packaging for paper and board. PCT patent, extended to many countries. Studies to widen the scope of the patent and...

REPSOL (Rylesa) (private financement): Development of an antimicrobial active packaging for paper and board. PCT patent, extended to many countries. Studies to widen the scope of the patent and the applications for food and vegetables.

iPack

Industrial development of the intelligent sensor. Extension of the PCT patent. New developments to widen the scope of the sensor as an indicator for deadline of packaged food. (Private financement...

Industrial development of the intelligent sensor. Extension of the PCT patent. New developments to widen the scope of the sensor as an indicator for deadline of packaged food. (Private financement).

AGL-04363

Development of analytical methods for migration. Development of an intelligent packaging for detecting mirobiological infection. PCT patent further extended to 69 countries. (Plan Nacional).

Development of analytical methods for migration. Development of an intelligent packaging for detecting mirobiological infection. PCT patent further extended to 69 countries. (Plan Nacional).

MIGRESIVES

Study of the most representative adhesives used in food packaging in the market. DIffusion and partition coefficients of different components through different layers in multilayer structures. New...

Study of the most representative adhesives used in food packaging in the market. DIffusion and partition coefficients of different components through different layers in multilayer structures. New electronic tool to predict the migration from adhesives. Experimental data on migration and correlation between the prediction and the experimental data. Study of samples from the market. Identification of NIAS. Development of analytical methods. (EU Project).

SAFEMTECH

Study of adhesives in food packaging. The SAFEMTECH proposal has two main scientific objectives: a) the study of the safety in use of adhesives produced at the GOGLIO company and used in the...

Study of adhesives in food packaging. The SAFEMTECH proposal has two main scientific objectives: a) the study of the safety in use of adhesives produced at the GOGLIO company and used in the production of food packaging materials, and b) the development of active and intelligent packaging systems at industrial level. GOGLIO is a multinational company involved in the whole food packaging chain. It produces adhesives, printing inks, valves and laminates for food packaging. The research group GUIA of the Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR) has considerable expertise in the study of the performance of adhesives in food packaging and their safety in use, as well as in the development and study of active and intelligent food packaging materials. The leader of the group is the inventor in four international patents in this area. The combination of intersectoriality and synergies between the two partners involved in this proposal will lead to the achievement of the objectives.

  • Period: 2010-2014
  • Leader (U. Zaragoza): Cristina Nerín
  • Funded by: European Union (7th FW Programme IAPP-Marie Curie) – Ref. 251382

Technology Transfer

Processes & Recycling

Laboratorio de microbiología (clase III)

Success Cases

Processes & Recycling

Antioxidant and antimicrobial active packaging for the agrofood industry

Since 2000, the GUIA group (I3A) works closely with ARTIBAL, a micro-SME located in Sabinanigo (Spain), and since 2002 with Repsol, a Spanish Company with different sites in Spain, for the...

Since 2000, the GUIA group (I3A) works closely with ARTIBAL, a micro-SME located in Sabinanigo (Spain), and since 2002 with Repsol, a Spanish Company with different sites in Spain, for the development of new active food packaging. In both cases the active packaging systems developed are. able to protect the food against the growth of microorganisms and against oxidation. The results of this research, developed by GUIA and applied by the companies, have been three international patents for antioxidant and antimicrobial packaging solutions.

As a result of this investigation, the company ARTIBAL has been able to double its staff and its turnover and has restructured the company, directing his main goal to the manufacture of active solutions for food packaging. Repsol is also in the international market with the active packaging solution for paper and board. The new formulations for paper and board and for flexible packaging PE, PP, PET, PS and multilayer and semirigid packaging (trays) have been developed. The optimization and development of active coatings in order to bring to market active materials for food such as beef, pastries, cakes, processed products (jam, etc.) and raw materials such as fruit and vegetables, was also included in the research work.

The GUIA group also has a new international licensed patent for smart packaging, not only to preserve but also to detect infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms in food that at this moment is under industrial development.

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