Carmen Gomes, PhD

Carmen Gomes, PhD

phone: 515-294-1138

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director, Virtual Reality Applications Center
Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (Courtesy)
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition (Courtesy)

Iowa State University
1620F Howe Hall
537 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011-1096


  • Design of novel nanoscale materials using biopolymers
  • Design of biosensors using nanotechnology approaches
  • Stimuli-responsive nanostructures
  • Delivery systems and sensing platforms
  • Food safety and shelf-life extension of food products

Dr. Gomes’ research focuses on both fundamental and more immediately applied research in functional delivery systems and biosensors in the areas of food safety, shelf-life extension of food products, and nutrient bioavailability. Her overall research emphasis is to design novel nanoscale materials using biopolymers for biotechnology and food applications. The study of stimuli-responsive biopolymer nanostructures is of particular interest. These stimuli-responsive nanostructures have been investigated in food safety applications as delivery systems of antimicrobials and as platforms for foodborne pathogen detection (biosensors).


PhD, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
BS, Food Engineering, Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, 2003(Edit)