The international associated laboratory (LIA) "Chemical and FOOD Engineering: Phenomena Related to INTerfaces" (FOOD PRINT) associating INRAE, Agrocampus Ouest and Soochow University was inaugurated on October 19, 2018 in Beijing.

The general managements of INRAE and Institut Agro Rennes-Angers have acted on the principle of the LIA FOOD PRINT between Soochow University (28th Chinese university, ARWU 2017) and UMR STLO (Rennes) and UMET (Villeneuve d'Ascq), thus contributing to the sought-after development of partnerships with China.

This collaboration was initiated in 2010 between Prof. Romain Jeantet (UMR STLO) and Prof. Xiao Dong Chen, from the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Soochow University, who also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Institut Agro Rennes-Angers.
Initially focused on the drying of dairy products and bacteria, the research now includes the study of fouling and cleaning of exchangers, new mixer concepts and digestion modeling.

The aim of the work carried out by this LIA is to:
- Understand phenomena at interfaces and the behavior of dairy matrices (structure, composition, stability) during processes for different unit operations (drying, heat treatment, mixing... and up to the physiology of digestion);
- Build a more robust and significant entity to model these phenomena;
- Propose innovative, bio-inspired and consumer-acceptable processes based on this work and on reverse engineering approaches.

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A LIA is a research project carried out by two or more laboratories, at least one of which is international.

Modification date: 25 October 2023 | Publication date: 17 June 2022 | By: Com INRAE HdF