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Francisco Vilaplana

Delegado de RAICEX

Scientific Background: Ph.D. in Polymer Technology (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2008) and Chemical Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 2008). Postdoctoral period at the University of Queensland (2009-2010) and the University of Amsterdam (2010-2011) with a Knut and Alice Wallenberg Postdoctoral Scholarship. In 2011 he joined the School of Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as a Senior Researcher, and since 2015 he is Associate Professor in Glycoscience, at the Department of Chemistry, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Francisco is leading a research group with 10 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers on carbohydrate biotechnology, focused on the sustainable exploitation of plant and fungal biomass using sustainable chemistry and biocatalysis for applications in biomaterials and nutrition. We work with forest lignocellulosic resources (within the Wallenberg Wood Science Center), as well as with a great diversity of residues from the agri-food industry. He is currently the Head of the Division of Glycoscience, with administrative responsibilities over 30 researchers.

Francisco has published over 65 articles in international peer reviewed journals and he is currently coordinating different research projects funded by Swedish public and private agencies, as well as the EU Horizon 2020 program.

Objectives within ACES: Francisco has been participating in ACES in the coordination and arrangement of different workshops and seminars, with the objective of strengthening the links between the Swedish and Spanish research communities. ACES has the extraordinary potential to be the meeting point and provide assistance for the Spanish researchers in Sweden, but also to be an advisory agent to influence the scientific system in Spain towards excellence attracting the best talent.