Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



CIMO - Mountain Research Center. See video HERE


Arantzazu Santamaria-Echart

Junior Researcher
Group: Sustainable Processes and Products
Scopus Author ID: 56725697700


  • 2018 - 2019: Researcher contract as new materials area supervisor at Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology Center (University of Alcala de Henares)
  • 2018 - 2018: Researcher contract at the University of the Basque Country
  • 2017 - 2018: Postdoc contract as Recent Doctor Researcher at the University of the Basque Country
  • 2015 - 2017: Predoctoral researcher contract at the University of the Basque Country
  • 2013 - 2015: Predoctoral researcher grant at the University of the Basque Country


  • 2017 - PhD degree in Renewable Materials Engineering at the University of the Basque Country
  • 2012 - Master Degree on Renewable Materials Engineering at the University of the Basque Country
  • 2011 - Degree in Industrial Technique Engineering, Specialized in Industrial Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 - Extraordinary PhD award by the University of the Basque Country
  • 2015 - Best Poster award in “Eurofillers Polymer Blends 2015” Conference
  • 2015 - Best Poster award in the “5th International Conference on Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers (BIOPOL2015)” Conference
  • 2011 - Extraordinary end of degree award to the best academic record corresponding to the course 2010/2011.


  • Synthesis of polyurethane dispersions
  • Isolation and application of renewable entities and additives
  • Synthesis of polymeric materials via green catalysis
  • Development of polymeric materials with tailored properties


CyChest - Gestão integrada do ciclo do castanheiro no Parque Natural de Montesinho
Funding body: LA CAIXA - Promove - Regiões Fronteiriças
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2023-10-01
End: 2026-09-30
- Obtención y evaluación de colorantes estabilizados por procesos de encapsulación y recurriendo a las tecnologías de emulsión a partir del aguacate (Persea americana) y su posterior incorporación en una matriz alimentícia
Funding body: Proyectos de investigación científica, desarrollo tecnológico e innovación (FONDOCYT) del Ministerio de Educación Superir, Ciencia y Tecnología (MESCYT) - Republica Dominicana
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2023-01-03
End: 2026-06-30
BIOSHOES4ALL - Inovação e Capacitação da Fileira do Calçado para a Bieconomia Sustentável
Funding body: PRR - União Europeia/Next Generation EU, através do Fundo Ambiental, no âmbito do Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência
Reference: PRR - 000011
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2021-10-01
End: 2025-12-31
ENVABIO100 - Obtenção de filmes biodegradáveis de origem 100% natural para a indústria alimentar
Funding body: CYTED
Reference: Red 121RT0108
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2021-01-01
End: 2024-12-31
NutriPick3D - Development of 3D-printable Pickering Emulsions foreseeing customized nutrition
Funding body: FCT - PTDC
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2023-01-01
End: 2024-06-30
GreenShoes 4.0 - Footwear, Leather Goods, Advanced Materials, Equipment and Software Technoloy
Funding body: PORTUGAL 2020 - COMPETE 2020 - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização
Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046082
Principal Investigator:Maria Filomena Barreiro
Start: 2020-06-30
End: 2023-06-30
HiFireDoor - Desenvolvimento de Portas Decorativas Corta-Fogo de Madeira com Elevado Desempenho
Funding body: POCI-FEDER
Principal Investigator:Arantzazu Santamaria-Echart
Start: 2021-01-01
End: 2023-06-30
VALORNATURAL - Valorização de Recursos Naturais através da Extração de Ingredientes de Elevado Valor Acrescentado para Aplicações na Indústria Alimentar
Funding body: NORTE 2020 - Programa Operacional Regional do Norte
Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-024479
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2018-09-01
End: 2022-08-31

Total results: 41
de Rezende S.C.,Ferreira O.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Dias M.M.,Barreiro M.F.
Evaluating the potential of natural polymers for water-dispersible curcumin-based solid dispersion colourant systems for food applications
Journal of Food Engineering, 371, , 2024

Larraza I.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Barreiro F.,Arbelaiz A.,Eceiza A.
Bioinks Functionalized with Natural Extracts for 3D Printing
Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 32, 982-999, 2024

Schreiner T.B.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Peres A.M.,Dias M.M.,Pinho S.P.,Barreiro M.F.
Study of binary mixtures of Tribulus terrestris extract and Quillaja bark saponin as oil-in-water nanoemulsion emulsifiers
Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 27, 123-133, 2024

Schreiner T.B.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Colucci G.,Plasencia P.,Santos Costa P.,Dias M.M.,Pinho S.P.,Filomena Barreiro M.
Saponin-based natural nanoemulsions as alpha-tocopherol delivery systems for dermal applications
Journal of Molecular Liquids, 391, , 2023

Crugeira P.J.L.,Almeida H.H.S.,Marcet I.,Rendueles M.,Pires M.G.,Rafael H.M.,Rodrigues A.I.G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Barreiro M.F.
Biosynthesis of antioxidant xanthan gum by Xanthomonas campestris using substrates added with moist olive pomace
Food and Bioproducts Processing, 141, 210-218, 2023

Colucci G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Silva S.C.,Teixeira L.G.,Ribeiro A.,Rodrigues A.E.,Barreiro M.F.
Development of colloidal lignin particles through particle design strategies and screening of their Pickering stabilizing potential
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 666, , 2023

Rodrigues N.,Peres F.,Casal S.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Barreiro F.,Peres A.M.,Alberto Pereira J.
Geographical discrimination of olive oils from Cv. ‘Galega Vulgar’
Food Chemistry, 398, , 2023

Santamaria-Echart A.,Barreiro F.
Why Natural-Based Bioactive Coatings?
Coatings, 12, , 2022

Silva S.C.,Almeida T.,Colucci G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Manrique Y.A.,Dias M.M.,Barros L.,Fernandes Â.,Colla E.,Barreiro M.F.
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) protein-rich extract as a natural emulsifier for oil-in-water emulsions: Optimization through a sequential experimental design strategy
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 648, , 2022

De Carli C.,Aylanc V.,Mouffok K.M.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Barreiro F.,Tomás A.,Pereira C.,Rodrigues P.,Vilas-Boas M.,Falcão S.I.
Production of chitosan-based biodegradable active films using bio-waste enriched with polyphenol propolis extract envisaging food packaging applications
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 213, 486-497, 2022

Ghirro L.C.,Rezende S.,Ribeiro A.S.,Rodrigues N.,Carocho M.,Pereira J.A.,Barros L.,Demczuk B.,Barreiro M.F.,Santamaria-Echart A.
Pickering Emulsions Stabilized with Curcumin-Based Solid Dispersion Particles as Mayonnaise-like Food Sauce Alternatives
Molecules, 27, , 2022

Hosseinpourpia R.,Adamopoulos S.,Echart A.S.,Eceiza A.
Polyurethane films prepared with isophorone diisocyanate functionalized wheat starch
European Polymer Journal, 161, , 2021

Schreiner T.B.,Colucci G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.P.,Dias M.M.,Pinho S.P.,Barreiro M.F.
Evaluation of saponin-rich extracts as natural alternative emulsifiers: A comparative study with pure Quillaja Bark saponin
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 623, , 2021

Sorita G.D.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Gozzo A.M.,Gonçalves O.H.,Leimann F.V.,Bona E.,Manrique Y.,Fernandes I.P.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barreiro M.F.
Lipid composition optimization in spray congealing technique and testing with curcumin-loaded microparticles
Advanced Powder Technology, 32, 1710-1722, 2021

Correa R.F.,Colucci G.,Halla N.,Pinto J.A.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Blanco S.P.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.
Development of chitosan microspheres through a green dual crosslinking strategy based on tripolyphosphate and vanillin
Molecules, 26, , 2021

Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Barreiro F.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Advances in waterborne polyurethane and polyurethane-urea dispersions and their eco-friendly derivatives: A review
Polymers, 13, 1-32, 2021

Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Ugarte L.,Barreiro F.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Green nanocomposites from Salvia-based waterborne polyurethane-urea dispersions reinforced with nanocellulose
Progress in Organic Coatings, 150, , 2021

Baena-González J.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Aguirre J.L.,González S.
Chemical recycling of plastic waste: Bitumen, solvents, and polystyrene from pyrolysis oil
Waste Management, 118, 139-149, 2020

Colucci G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Silva S.C.,Fernandes I.P.M.,Sipoli C.C.,Barreiro M.F.
Development of water-in-oil emulsions as delivery vehicles and testing with a natural antimicrobial extract
Molecules, 25, , 2020

Larraza I.,Vadillo J.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Tejado A.,Azpeitia M.,Vesga E.,Orue A.,Saralegi A.,Arbelaiz A.,Eceiza A.
The effect of the carboxylation degree on cellulose nanofibers and waterborne polyurethane/cellulose nanofiber nanocomposites properties
Polymer Degradation and Stability, 173, , 2020

Schreiner T.B.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Ribeiro A.,Peres A.M.,Dias M.M.,Pinho S.P.,Barreiro M.F.
Formulation and optimization of nanoemulsions using the natural surfactant saponin from Quillaja bark
Molecules, 25, , 2020

González K.,García-Astrain C.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Ugarte L.,Avérous L.,Eceiza A.,Gabilondo N.
Starch/graphene hydrogels via click chemistry with relevant electrical and antibacterial properties
Carbohydrate Polymers, 202, 372-381, 2018

Díez-García I.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Eceiza A.,Tercjak A.
Triblock copolymers containing hydrophilic PEO blocks as effective polyols for organic solvent-free waterborne poly(urethane-urea)s
Reactive and Functional Polymers, 131, 1-11, 2018

Hosseinpourpia R.,Echart A.S.,Adamopoulos S.,Gabilondo N.,Eceiza A.
Modification of pea starch and dextrin polymers with isocyanate functional groups
Polymers, 10, , 2018

Anakabe J.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Eceiza A.,Arbelaiz A.,Zaldua Huici A.M.
Evolution of the mechanical properties and estimation of the useful lifespan of poly(lactic acid) based compounds
Polymer International, 67, 761-769, 2018

Mondragon G.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Hormaiztegui M.,Arbelaiz A.,Peña-Rodriguez C.,Mucci V.,Corcuera M.,Aranguren M.,Eceiza A.
Nanocomposites of Waterborne Polyurethane Reinforced with Cellulose Nanocrystals from Sisal Fibres
Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 26, 1869-1880, 2018

Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Barreiro F.,Retegi A.,Arbelaiz A.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Development of waterborne polyurethane-ureas added with plant extracts: Study of different incorporation routes and their influence on particle size, thermal, mechanical and antibacterial properties
Progress in Organic Coatings, 117, 76-90, 2018

Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Ugarte L.,Barreiro F.,Arbelaiz A.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Waterborne polyurethane-urea dispersion with chain extension step in homogeneous medium reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals
Composites Part B: Engineering, 137, 31-38, 2018

Díez-García I.,Santamaría-Echart A.,Eceiza A.,Tercjak A.
Synthesis and characterization of environmentally-friendly waterborne poly(urethane-urea)s
European Polymer Journal, 99, 240-249, 2018

Jutrzenka Trzebiatowska P.,Santamaria Echart A.,Calvo Correas T.,Eceiza A.,Datta J.
The changes of crosslink density of polyurethanes synthesised with using recycled component. Chemical structure and mechanical properties investigations
Progress in Organic Coatings, 115, 41-48, 2018

Orue A.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Eceiza A.,Peña-Rodriguez C.,Arbelaiz A.
Office waste paper as cellulose nanocrystal source
Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134, , 2017

Santamaria-Echart A.,Ugarte L.,Gonzalez K.,Martin L.,Irusta L.,Gonzalez A.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
The role of cellulose nanocrystals incorporation route in waterborne polyurethane for preparation of electrospun nanocomposites mats
Carbohydrate Polymers, 166, 146-155, 2017

Santamaria-Echart A.,Ugarte L.,Arbelaiz A.,Barreiro F.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Modulating the microstructure of waterborne polyurethanes for preparation of environmentally friendly nanocomposites by incorporating cellulose nanocrystals
Cellulose, 24, 823-834, 2017

Ugarte L.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Mastel S.,Autore M.,Hillenbrand R.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
An alternative approach for the incorporation of cellulose nanocrystals in flexible polyurethane foams based on renewably sourced polyols
Industrial Crops and Products, 95, 564-573, 2017

Hormaiztegui M.E.V.,Mucci V.L.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Corcuera M.Á.,Eceiza A.,Aranguren M.I.
Waterborne polyurethane nanocomposites based on vegetable oil and microfibrillated cellulose
Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133, , 2016

García-Astrain C.,Guaresti O.,González K.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Eceiza A.,Corcuera M.,Gabilondo N.
Click gelatin hydrogels: Characterization and drug release behaviour
Materials Letters, 182, 134-137, 2016

Santamaria-Echart A.,Ugarte L.,García-Astrain C.,Arbelaiz A.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Cellulose nanocrystals reinforced environmentally-friendly waterborne polyurethane nanocomposites
Carbohydrate Polymers, 151, 1203-1209, 2016

Santamaria-Echart A.,Fernandes I.,Saralegi A.,Costa M.R.P.F.N.,Barreiro F.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Synthesis of waterborne polyurethane-urea dispersions with chain extension step in homogeneous and heterogeneous media
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 476, 184-192, 2016

Santamaria-Echart A.,Ugarte L.,Arbelaiz A.,Gabilondo N.,Corcuera M.,Eceiza A.
Two different incorporation routes of cellulose nanocrystals in waterborne polyurethane nanocomposites
European Polymer Journal, 76, 99-109, 2016

Santamaria-Echart A.,Arbelaiz A.,Saralegi A.,Fernández-d'Arlas B.,Eceiza A.,Corcuera M.
Relationship between reagents molar ratio and dispersion stability and film properties of waterborne polyurethanes
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 482, 554-561, 2015

Calvo-Correas T.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Saralegi A.,Martin L.,Valea Á.,Corcuera M.A.,Eceiza A.
Thermally-responsive biopolyurethanes from a biobased diisocyanate
European Polymer Journal, 70, 173-185, 2015