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Density map indicating the presence of gelatine in the same sample

Biopolymers for the food industry
With infrared microspectroscopy at Elettra it is possible to investigate and characterize polymer matrices and films structure, widely used in the food industry because they are biocompatible and biodegradable and ensure product consistency and a pleasing sensation on the palate.

 
 
Distribution of 3-nitroproprionic acid over a section of the immobilisation matrix

Biocatalysis for industry
In order to promote the economic exploitation of biomass and agroindustrial by-products, such as sugars, cellulose, starch and oils, new biocatalytic processes involving enzymatic catalysts are under study with the contribution of Elettra Laboratory.

 
 
A fresco of a Pompeian couple with stylus, wax tablets, and papyrus roll

Pompeii inks
Small ink traces found on the sides of a recently discovered inkpot in Pompeii have been examined at Elettra by means of ATR (Attenuated Total Reflection) microspectroscopy in order to determine their composition.