• Ana Silvia Prata Soares Ana Silvia Prata Soares

    Assistant professor at Department of Food Engineering/Unicamp. She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (UFSCar, 2000), an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Food Nutrition (Unicamp, 2002, 2006). Her teaching responsibilities include Unit Operations and Transporte Phenomena. Her work is currently focused on the development of innovative processes and products with lowest environmental and human health impact, from Brazilian raw materials or sub-products from agro-food Industry. As a professor at School of Applied Sciences (2010-2015; Unicamp), she started researches on the development of functional and smart  materials.

    Research interest

    • Study of basic principles on the structuring of biomaterials, including micro particulates systems produced by complex coacervation, ionotropic gelation, spray drying; 
    • Fluidization and drying for obtention of particles
    • Replacement of synthetic additives
    • Microencapsulation applied to the development of new products
    • Recovery and valorisation of sub-products from Agro-Food Industry. 
  • Louise Kurozawa Louise Kurozawa

    Assistant professor at Departament of Food Engineering (DEA/Unicamp). She is Food Engineer (2002) and PhD in Food Engineering (2009) from University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She has worked as assistant professor at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ; 2010-2012) and State University of Londrina (UEL, 2012-2016). She currently works with drying of food materials and co-products from Agro-Industry.   

    Research Interest

    • Food drying
    • Encapsulation of bioactive compounds
    • Protein hydrolysis


  • Patricia Cardoso Patricia Cardoso

    Patricia is our right hand (whole body, in fact) helping the group of LINA with the main activities of technical support and research. She is currently doing a Master (see below her formation)


  • Bruna Barbon Paulo Bruna Barbon Paulo

    pHD student in Food Engineering (DEA/Unicamp) since 2017. She is Food Engineer (Unesp; 2015) and in her Master research, developed meltable particles using Fluidized Bed - Fapesp 2015/11629-2): “Estratégias para produção de partículas lipídicas em leito fluidizado” with supervision of Profa. Dra. Ana Silvia Prata (DEA/UNICAMP) and co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Almerindo Domingues Ferreira (DEM/ UC). She is currently studying the barrier properties of spray dried particles.

  • Fernanda Ramos Fernanda Ramos

    Fernanda is a doctoral fellow, in our group since 2015. She is Food Engineer from UFLA (2010) and she is working in the development of a vaccum spray dryer since her master (2014-2016; DEA; supervisor: Vivaldo Silveira Junior, co-supervisor Ana Silvia Prata). In the doctoral stage, she is doing the validation of the equipment toward the PhD project:  “Obtenção de micropartículas com óleo essencial de laranja em vacuum spray dryer (VSD) e spray dryer” supervisor Profa. Dra. Ana Silvia Prata Soares (DEA/FEA/UNICAMP) and co-supervisor Prof. Dr. Vivaldo Silveira Júnior (DEA/FEA/UNICAMP).

  • Juliana Dias Maia Juliana Dias Maia

    Juliana is a doctoral fellow since 2016. She is Food Engineer from UFS (2013), MSc. Science & Food Engineer from UFSC (2016) and her Ph.D. project is about study of free and encapsulated substances against Aedes aegypti larvae. Supervisor: Ana Silvia Prata and co-supervisor Prof. Dr. Julian Martinez. She has experience in obtention of natural extracts using conventional and supercritical technologies.

  • Nathalia Dias Gonçalves Nathalia Dias Gonçalves

    pHD student in Food&Nutrition (DEPAN/Unicamp) from the spring of 2016. She is Nutricionist and her research interest is about more healthy food for the society. He is currently studying the incorporation of natural substances in particles acting as antimicrobial in the product and nutraceutic in the human body. pHD Project:  “Emprego de óleo essencial de tomilho associado à PUFAS microencapsulado em bolos como antimicrobiano e nutracêutico” supervisor Prof. Dr. Rodney Alexandre Ferreira Rodrigues (DEPAN/CPQBA/FEA/UNICAMP) and co-supervisor Profa. Dra. Ana Silvia Prata (DEA/FEA/UNICAMP). Master degree: Nutrition, Metabolism & Sport Sciences (Supervisor: Ana Prata; FCA-Unicamp, 2016)

  • Renata Rabelo Renata Rabelo

    Renata is graduated in Food Engineer from University of São Paulo (USP, 2013), Ms. in Food Engineering (UNICAMP, 2015). Her works concerns about extraction and concentration processes of phenolic compounds and microencapsulation of bioactive compounds. Her scientific targets are based on the management of natural and technological resources to develop industrial processes. Currently she is doing doctorate in School of Food Engineering (FEA/UNICAMP) where develops microparticles to delivering and releasing of Vitamin D. Her advisor is Prof. Miriam D. Hubinger (DEA/FEA/UNICAMP) and your co-advisor is Prof. Ana Silvia Prata (DEA/FEA/UNICAMP).


  • Patrícia C. Cardoso Patrícia C. Cardoso

    Patricia is Chemical engineer (UFC, 2000) and she is doing her Master at School of Agricultural Engineering (FEAGRI/Unicamp) with Prof. Dr. Gustavo Mockaitis as supervisor and Profa. Ana Sílvia Prata as co-supervisor. Her project concerns the reduction of waste generation in Agri-Food Industry through the knowledgement of Physical properties of Tropical Feuits enabling its processing (State Diagrams of Tropical Fruits; with Job Ubbink, Felix Reyes and Ana Braga as collaborators). She has experience in Quality Control in textil area and helped the implementation of Soils Laboratory at Del Monte Fresh Produce. 

  • Bianca Fernandes

    Bianca is Food Engineer (UFV, 2016) and she is doing her Master at School of  Food Engineering (FEA/Unicamp) with Profa. Ana Sílvia Prata as supervisor. Her project concerns the use of phase change materials to food packaging applications.

Scientific Iniciation

  • Caroline Mendes Paredes Caroline Mendes Paredes

    Caroline is an undergraduate in Food Engineering and she is developing a research project about investigation of swelling properties of extruded matrices. 

  • Danny Patino Danny Patino

    Danny is doing his last year of Food Science and Technology in the Zamorano University (Honduras) and he is doing his internship at FEA/UNICAMP. His graduation project with Prof.Dr. Ana Silvia Prata is about the development of hydrocolloid particles using Jet Cutter incorporating a bioactive agent.