Invited Speakers

Petrik Galvosas, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, New Zealand

Petrik Galvosas is working since 2009 in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (Victoria University of Wellington) and is an  Associate Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Petrikʼs research interest concerns Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and its application in the field of soft matter, porous media and medical device technologies. Therefore, he explores the behavior of complex non-Newtonian fluids such as polymer solutions or surfactant systems under mechanical shear. It also investigates transport processes in porous media – advanced NMR methods may contribute to the understanding of molecular exchange processes as seen in microporous materials such as zeolites. It may also improve our understanding of transport and diffusion in natural porous media such as soil, rocks or aquifers. Finally, options for low field NMR systems are explored in the field of medicine. Ultimately, current research is continuously pushing the boundaries and versatility of the NMR-toolbox.

Luiz Alberto Colnago, Embrapa, Brazil

Senior scientist at the Instrumentation center of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and Professor at São Carlos Institute of Chemistry – University of São Paulo. I have been working on applications of low and high resolution NMR spectroscopy in the analysis of agri-food products. These applications includes the uses of High-resolution NMR to study the metabolic profile of plants under water stress; Solid state NMR to study raw and processed biomass products and the development of Low-field, time domain NMR instrumentation and fast relaxometric methods for qualitative and quantitative analysis of food products.

Roberto Consonni, CNR, Italy

Senior Researcher at National Research Council, Institute for Macromolecular Studies, NMR laboratory.

  • PI/participant of several international and national scientific projects, PI of several projects with private founding, Member of ACS, member of GIDRM, Advisory board of “Fondazione Scientifica A. De Marco”.
  • Member of the Editorial board: Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Therapy.
  • Reviewer of ACS, Elsevier, RCS, Springer, MDPI, Plos-one.
  • Consolidated scientific competences in: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Micro imaging NMR, protein structure determination, molecular dynamic simulations, metabolomics, multivariate statistical analysis, polymer characterization, metabolite profiling of foods and plants.
  • Author of 126 papers, 2 patents, 9 book chapters, more than 170 communications. H-index 23 (ISIWEB source).

Patrick Giraudeau, University of Nantes, France

Patrick Giraudeau is a Professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Nantes, currently seconded to the Institut Universitaire de France. His research activities are focused on the development of quantitative NMR methods for the analysis of complex mixtures, including applications to metabolomics and isotopomics. Research highlights include the development of ultrafast multi-dimensional experiments at high field but also on benchtop spectrometers, with applications in various fields of analytical chemistry.

Shingo Matsukawa, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan

Shingo Matsukawa is a professor of Department of Food Science & Technology in Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He worked at Kansai Paint co. Ltd. as a researcher of synthetic resin (1984-1992). After getting Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1997, he starred to work at TUMSAT (1997-present). He studies physical chemistry in foods and his research interests are network structures and molecular mobilities in food gels, physicochemical properties in emulsion systems and development of gradient NMR methods for application to food science.

Said Moussaoui, Ecole Centrale Nantes, Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes, France

Saïd Moussaoui is a full Professor in signal and image processing. He is working since 2006 in Ecole Centrale Nantes (ECN) in the department of Control and Robotics and is a member of the Laboratory of Digital Sciences (LS2N, CNRS research unit).

Saïd’s research interests concern the development of new mathematical methods and tools for signal and image processing and their applications to data analysis for solving inverse problems in various applications fields. These applications include, multimodal imaging for remote sensing in physics and spectrometric data analysis in chemistry.

More specifically, Saïd Moussaoui’s recent research activities addressed the inversion of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) relaxation signal for the extraction of relaxation time distributions, the statistical restoration of magnitude Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) and their fast decomposition for the estimation of multi-exponential relaxation time constants.

Hank Van As, WUR, Netherlands

Associate Professor Biophysics at Wageningen University. His fascination is the development and application of quantitative (TD) NMR and (rheo-)MRI methods to unravel and understand transport processes and water dynamics at different time and length scales in porous bio-systems to study structure-function relationships. Main applications are intact plants (xylem/phloem, source-sink, water limitation, product quality), seeds (in vivo detection of ageing), plant-like materials and foods (composition, processing, structure, function).