- Biological and Agricultural Engineering
- Food Science and Technology
Dr. de Moura Bell's research includes the development and application of environmentally friendly technologies to replace the incumbent technologies for extraction and fractionation of major food components such as oil, protein, and carbohydrates. Specifically, she is interested in bioprocessing techniques such as enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction, fermentation, and less harsh techniques such as supercritical and subcritical extractions. Her laboratory research interests include: 1) Scaling-up extraction and downstream recovery processes from laboratory to pilot-scale; 2) Determining the effects of processing conditions (extraction, heat treatment, enzymatic modifications and recovery strategies) on the functionality and biological activities of food components, and 3) The conversion of agricultural waste streams and food processing by-products into added-value compounds.