Erika ZAGO

Bio-based Phenolic Polymers

  • Supervisor: Amin Shavandi
  • Research center: BioMatter unit Biomass Transformation Lab
  • Research start date: 01.10.2020


This project aims to add value to Belgian brewers' spent grain (BSG) through the study of sustainable methods for the extraction of BSG’s phenolic compounds and the transformation of these molecules into bio-based polymers with potential application in the field of dental/health materials.


  • Zago, E.; Joly, N.; Chaveriat, L.; Lequart, V.; Martin, P. Review: Enzymatic synthesis of amphiphilic carbohydrate esters: Influence of physicochemical and biochemical parameters. Biotechnology Reports 30 (2021) e00631.
  • Shavandi, A.; Jafari, H.; Zago, E.; Hobbi, P.; Nie, L.; De Laet, N. A sustainable solvent based on lactic acid andl-cysteine for the regeneration of keratin from waste wool. Green Chemistry 23 (2021) 1171-1174.
  • LIANG, J.; ZAGO, E.; NANDASIRI, R.; KHATTAB, R.; ESKIN, N. A. M.; ECK, P.; THIYAM-HOLLÄNDER, U. Effect of Solvent, Preheating Temperature, and Time on the Ultrasonic Extraction of Phenolic Compounds from Cold-Pressed Hempseed Cake. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 95 (2018) 1319-1327.
  • ZAGO, E.; DUBREUCQ, E.; LECOMTE, J.; VILLENEUVE, P.; FINE, F.; FULCRAND, H.; AOUF, C. Synthesis of bio-based epoxy pre-polymers from natural allyl- and vinyl phenols and the estimation of their affinity to the estrogen receptor α by molecular docking. New Journal of Chemistry 40 (2016).
  • ZAGO, E.; DURAND, E.; LECOMTE, J.; BAROUH, N.; VILLENEUVE, P.; AOUF, C. Synthesis of Lipophilic Antioxidants by a Lipase B Catalysed Addition of Peracids to the Double Bond of 4-Vinyl-2-Methoxyphenol. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 63 (2015) 9069−9075.
  • ZAGO, E.; LECOMTE, J.; BAROUH, N.; AOUF, C.; FULCRAND H.; CARRE, P.; FINE, F.; VILLENEUVE, P. Influence of rapeseed meal treatments on its total phenolic content and composition in sinapine, sinapic acid and canolol. Industrial Crops and Products 76 (2015) 1061–1070.
  • ZAGO, E.; BOTTON, V.; ALBERTON, D.; CÓRDOVA, J.; YAMAMOTO, C. I.; COCCO, L. C.; MITCHELL, D. A.; Krieger, N. Synthesis of Ethylic Esters for Biodiesel Purposes Using Lipases Naturally Immobilized in a Fermented Solid Produced Using Rhizopus microsporus. Energy & Fuels 28 (2014) 5197−5203.
  • BARON, A. M.; ZAGO, E. C.; MITCHELL, D. A.; KRIEGER, N. SPIL: Simultaneous production and immobilization of lipase from Burkholderia cepacia LTEB11. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 29, No. 1 (2011) 19-24.
  • SALUM, T. F. C.; BARON, A. M.; ZAGO, E.; TURRA, V.; BARATTI, J.; MITCHELL, D. A.; KRIEGER, N. An efficient system for catalysing ester synthesis using a lipase from a newly isolated Burkholderia cepacia strain. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 26, No. 3 (2008) 197-203.
  • Nandasiri, R.; Zago, E.; Thyiam, U.; Eskin, M. Attenuation of Sinapic Acid and Sinapine-derived Flavor-active Compounds Using a Factorial-based Pressurized High-temperature Processing. Conference: Virtual 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.