About Nano4Fresh

Most fresh food products in the EU is produced in the Mediterranean countries. To those who have not happened to buy oranges from Spain, grapefruits from Israel or pomegranates from Turkey, Egyptian strawberries or Moroccan mint or Portuguese rocha pear, just to mention some everyday foods on our tables.
It would be a real fortune for humans and a good deal for the environment and the food trade business to solve the problem of the deterioration of climatic products through the control of the atmosphere and the killing of fungi and bacteria in the cold rooms during transport. Even better if some good researcher and ingenious entrepreneur and agricultural distributor sensitive to the protection of ecosystems and sustainable production were able to develop nano-composite materials from agricultural residues, perhaps with pits of olives, peaches or avocados or with nut shells and almonds, very useful for incorporating titanium, zirconium, tungsten and iron oxide nanoparticles, as additives with catalytic activity and MOFs (Metal-Organic Frameworks) of copper and silver with antimicrobial activity.
Five researchers, university professors, farmer entrepreneur distributor from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Morocco have got involved and have conceived a project. The innovative research project in question is called Nano4fresh and has recently won € 665,000 after a tough selection among thousands of excellent research teams from 19 countries in the "agri-food value chain" section of the PRIMA Call 2019, the Innovation Program of the water and agri-food sector in the Mediterranean area.
The international team of researchers is led by Professor Filipa Ribeiro of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, Professor Francisco Maldonado of the University of Granada, Spain, Professor Fabio Marchetti of the University of Camerino, Italy, Professor Abdelaziz Bacaoui of the Cadi University Ayyad of Marrakesh, Morocco and the industrial Portuguese fruit entrepreneur and distributor Paulo Torres of the Frutus company of Estação Fruteira do Montejunto, the world's largest exporter of the Rocha pear.


Nano4Fresh project consists of 4 countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Morocco) and is coordinated by Portugal.
The project involves 5 research units. Meet the teams allocated to each research unit by pressing the institution's logo.

Dissemination Board

Dissemination board of the Nano4Fresh project.
Meet the organizations in the Dissemination Board by contry.

Nano4Fresh Final Seminar

Final Seminar of Nano4fresh project
May, 13, 2024 - Auditório da Casa da Música de Óbidos

Other Resources

PRIMA Project 27 - Section II - Extending shelf-life of perishables Mediterranean food products
Nano4Fresh - Nanomaterials for an environmental friendly and sustainable handling of perishable products

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Filipa Ribeiro
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