DTU Food, Denmark
Alireza Naseri is working on the extraction of bioactive compounds (mainly protein) from red seaweed in industrial scale for more than four years at the Technical University of Denmark. He has 10 years of working experience in food and pharmaceutical industry. He started as a Research Assistant and then as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Jacobsen. The obtained results in the lab and large scale are promising and based on the newly defined extraction method, the first patent filed as “Method of treating seaweed for extraction of carrageenan and non-carrageenan bioactive compounds”. Now, he is trying to optimize this process for different red seaweeds in the large scale. The main aim of his applied research is to better utilize the valuable compounds in seaweed and thereby achieve a higher return, since at present, companies only extract specific stabilizing agents/ingredients from seaweed and several valuable compounds go to waste.