Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Department of Process Engineering, Laboratory for Mesurements and Process Control

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Main research field

Biotechnology

Specific research areas

NIR process analysis and modeling, food quality and chemometrics, bioremediation and biological wastewater treatment, microreator technology, metabolic flux analysis

Techniques/methods

1) NIR analysis 2) Briggs-Rauchen food antioxidan analysis 3) Fuzzy logic modelling in nutrition 4) Process optimisation 5) Chemometric analysis 6) Process modelling 7) Fermentaion optimal control algorithms 8) Neural networks for process control 9) Genetic algorithm for optimisation 10) Systems analysis of biochemical networks

Equipment

process NIR spectrometer

Technology keywords

  • Automation, Robotics Control Systems
  • Computer Software
  • Computational Chemistry and Modelling
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Chemometrics and process NIR analysis

Services offered

  • Teaching and Training
  • Quality control
  • ICT services

Market sectors

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Software & Computer Services
  • Technology Hardware & Equipment
  • Beverages
  • Food Producers
  • Food & Drug Retailers
  • Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

Short summary (English)

Our laboratory has expertise in mathematical modeling, chemometrics, process on-line NIR measurements techniques, and process analysis control. The expertise is focused on food technologies, industrial biotechnology and environmental engineering, and development of new micro-reactor systems for biotransformations. We have developed mathematical modellng based on fuzzy logic which has been applied for a large scale problem for nutritional optimization in Croatian army, boarding schools and hospitals. Our expertise in modelling of two phase flow in microoreactors is being applied for development of new technology for biotransformations. We have gained experience in application of application of chemometric methods applied for various food products and processes, croatian wheat cultivar characterisation, such as in biological wastewater treatment, wine production, quality determination of fish meat, determination of dispersion characteristics in powder technology (milling and sieving). Applied is Briggs-Rauchen reactionat pH=2 and developed is a software for determination of antioxidant potential of foods (wine and fruit juces). In our laboratory we have developed experimental method and mathematical model analysis for hydrodynamic characterisation of membrane reactors for biological waste water treatment. We have on-going research on modelling of soil biomeradion with pattented microbial culture based on pesticide root zone model for corn fields. Especially we have developed a software for global sensitivity analysis of transient metabolic flux analysis and is applied to E. coli central metabolis and S. cerevisae. Also we are engaged in development of mathematical model and software for application of computational chemistry in ionic liquid design.

Short summary (Croatian)

Laboratorj MRA je razvio ekspertize u primjeni matematičkog modeliranja, on-line mjernih metoda (procesni NIR), i algoritama za računalno upravljanje biotehnoloških procesa. Naša ekspertiza je primijenjena na procese prehrambene tehnologije, industrijske biotehnologije, ekoinženjerstva, i razvoj mikroreaktora za biotransformacije. Također su razvijene metode modeliranja na osnovu neizrazite logike za optimiranje problema nutricionizma u planiranju prehrane vojnika, učenika i u bolnicama. Modeliranje distriburanih sustava primjenjuje se za analizu novih procesa biotransformacija u mikroreaktorima. Imamo ekspertizu u primjeni kemometrijskih metoda u prehrambenim tehnologijama, karakterizaciju hrvatskih kultivara pšenice, i procesima biološke obrade otpadnih voda. Kemometrijski algoritmi su primijenjeni u tehnologiji vina, voćnih sokova, za karakterizaciju disperznih sustava (procesi mljevenja i sijanja praškova). Razvijen je software za praćenje Briggs-Rauchen reakcije za određivanje antioksidacijskog potencija pri pH=2.(vino i voćni sokovi). Također imamo razvijenu metodu i software za analizu hidrodinamičkih uvjeta i raspodjele vremena zadržavanja u membranskim reaktorima za biološku obradu otpadnih voda. U razvoju je matematički model za bioremedijaciju tla s patentiranom mikrobnom kulturom na osnovu modela procesa u zoni korjena na polju kukuruza. Posebno je razvijen software za matematičku analizu globalne osjetljivosti metaboličkih fluksova za centralni metabolizam E. coli i S. cerevisiae. Započet za projekt razvoja matematičkog modela za računalno projektiranje ionskih tekućina za primjenu u mikroreaktorima.

Last update: 06.02.2013. 06:08:14

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