Carmen G. Boeriu


Carmen G. Boeriu graduated with honours at the University “Politehnica” of Timisoara, Romania, the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, with a major in organic chemistry and technology (1978) and obtained her PhD at the same university in 1989. After few years with industry, in 1981 she started a carrier in research and education, in Romania and later in the Netherlands. In 1986, as a holder of an UNDP-grant, she did an internship with Prof. Alex Klibanov at MIT, Cambridge, USA, specialising in enzymatic reactions in non-conventional media.

Currently, she is senior scientist at (WUR-FBR) in Wageningen, the Netherlands, where she started in 1991. In 2007 she was awarded with the position of excellent researcher of DLO organization.

She developed a large expertise in the area of applied biocatalysis for the production of fine and bulk chemicals. She holds 12 patents and over 100 papers and she gives regularly lectures at international conferences and symposia.

She is involved in a number of national and European R&D projects and coordinator of numerous projects with the industry. Research projects are interdisciplinary, aiming at the integration of enzyme technology with synthetic and separation technologies for process and product development.

Specific areas of current research include the biocatalytic conversion of biomass into added value chemicals, biobased monomers and polymers, the enzymatic synthesis and modification of biopolymers and the development of functional materials derived from biopolymers. She also investigates the application of enzymatic reactions in the polysaccharide and protein chemistry, for the modification of biopolymers as well as for the controlled enzymatic synthesis of bioactive oligo- and polysaccharides saccharides and peptides.

Recent research highlights:

  • Controlledenzymatic synthesis of specialty oligo- and polysaccharides (i.e. GAGs) with defined chain length and low polydispersity
  • Intelligent materials: pH responsive hydrogels by chemoenzymatic modification of common polysaccharides
  • Bioactive polysaccharides by enzymatic grafting of functional groups and application development
  • New polymer architectures by enzymatic crosslinking