About The Author

Ana Rita C. Duarte was born in Lisbon in 1978. Currently Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department from Faculdade de Ciências Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She was previsously Research Assistant at the 3B’s research group at Universidade do Minho, where she worked for 10 years. She graduated in Chemical Engineering by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2002 and completed her PhD on Exploring supercritical fluid technology for the preparation of controlled drug delivery systems in 2006 by the same University. In 2006/2007 she was a researcher at Techniche Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands.

At the moment, she has 80 papers listed in web of knowledge with a total of 1723 citations, and an h-index of 25. Her main research interests are the use of green technologies for the development of biomaterials. In particular, the use of water, ionic liquids, supercritical fluids together with the exploration of natural deep eutectic solvents for natural-based polymer processing are her main scientific interests.

Mimicking Nature In Cryopreservation

Freezing is regarded as the best technique for long-term preservation of food, organs, and even living organisms. As temperature drops, reactions slow down and microbial activity is reduced to a minimum. Although it is the technique of choice when it comes to preservation, cryopreservation poses several challenges. Water is the most common component of cells