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Functional Compounds Research Group

Academic Unit: Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences

Colombian Ministry of Science

Class

C

Call

833

Profile

OECD

Discipline

Natural sciences

Subdiscipline

Chemical sciences

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Strategic Focus

Our initiative seeks to consolidate itself as a group of excellence in Universidad de Antioquia with national and international projection in order to be acknowledged by our peers and our surroundings as a reference within our field of study. We intend to achieve this through development, adaptation, transformation, and transfer of relevant knowledge and technology at both national and international level.                  

Research Areas and Topics

  • Biomaterials.
  • Biocosmetics and Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Food Safety.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Group Coordinator

Miguel Ángel Puertas Mejía, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Universidad de Antioquia – Colombia.

 

Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Terrazul Foundation Technology Development Center (La Guajira, Colombia).
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering ­ University of Sheffield (England).
  • Instituto Universitario de Biotecnología y Desarrollo Azul IBYDA  (University Institute of Biotechnology and Blue Development (IBYDA)) ­ Universidad de Málaga (Spain).
  • Chemistry Department ­ University of Montreal (Canada).
  • INIFTA’s Photosensitization and Molecular Photobiology Research Group (UNLP-CONICET) ­ Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina).         
  • Food Science Laboratory ­ Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin Campus.
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCF) ­ University of Campinas, (Brazil).

Notable Projects

  • Development of a Dermocosmetic Prototype Based on Bioactive Compounds From Colombian Marine Macroalgae. Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. 2019-2022.
  • Development of a Nanoencapsulated Formulation with Broad Spectrum Photoprotective Properties From Baccharis antioquensis. CODI (Committee for the Development of Research), Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. 2018-2020.
  • Applications of Biomaterials Based on Polysaccharides Derivatives of Marine Algae From Colombia. Institutional Links - Newton Fund - British Council. 2017-2019.
  • Bioactive Compounds From Macroalgae: Potential Application on Photoprotection. Colciencias. 2017-2021.

Main Research Results

  • Fucoidan Inhibition of Osteosarcoma Cells Is Species and Molecular Weight Dependent. 2020. Mar. Drugs. 18, 104. DOI: 10.3390/md18020104
  • E.J. Naranjo-Gómez, M.A. Puertas-Mejía, J.C. Mejía-Giraldo, A.Z. Amaya-Nieto, L. Atehortúa. Micropropagation of Baccharis antioquensis (Asteraceae) and photoinduction of polyphenols by UV radiation. 2018 Rev. Biol. Trop. 66(2), 754-764.
  • Photoprotective potential of Baccharis antioquensis (Asteraceae) as natural sunscreen. 2016 Photochem. Photobiol. 92, 742-752.
  • Novel In Vitro photoprotection and antioxidant capacity of plants from high altitude ecosystems of Colombia. 2016. Photochem. Photobiol. 92, 150-157.

Research Portafolio

  • Determination of photoprotection parameters (SPF, UVAPF) in cosmetic formulations.
  • Antioxidant capacity (DPPH, ABTS, conjugated dienes, MDA).

More Information

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