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Young researcher award for Neus Jornet Martínez

last modified Mar 07, 2017 11:28 AM
Young researcher award for Neus Jornet Martínez

Neus Jornet Martínez

Neus Jornet Martínez, a visiting researcher from the University of Valencia, Spain, has been awarded the Ribera Scientific-technical Award "Algemesí Town" and 1500 euros for her work "zein as a bidegradable material for effective alkaline phosphatase substrates in biokits and biosensors".

Zein is a protein found in maize (corn). It has been used for some years in the manufacture of a wide variety of commercial products, including coatings, clothing fabric, buttons and adhesives. It is biodegradable and biocompatible. It is from a renewable resource - corn - unlike plastics derived from petroleum. Neus and her colleagues' proposal aims to develop biokits and biosensors using biodegradable and ecological materials such as zein, so reducing the use of plastic in the long term.

The work is the result of a collaboration between the MINTOTA group from the University of Valencia and the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology group in this department, headed by Prof Lisa Hall. The research, published in the scientific journal 'Biosensors and Bioelectronics', has direct applications in environmental fields and medicine.

Neus Jornet Martínez and other award winners.

The event is aimed at young researchers born and/or resident in Valencia Community, Spain. Scientific-technical Award "Algemesí Town" is one of the few opportunities that young researchers in Spain have to see their effort recognized.


Zein as biodegradable material for effective delivery of alkaline phosphatase and substrates in biokits and biosensors in Biosensors and Bioelectronics

Zein as a sustainable alternative to plastic materials in the design of biosensors University of Valencia


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