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Leenawaty Limantara Ph.D
NIDN    : 0624066502
  • Bioindustri: Pigments in food and healthcare
  • Kimia Bahan Alam
  • Manajemen dan Teknologi Pengemasan
  • Sistim Industri Biologi
  • Mikrobiologi Industri
  • Alexander van Humboldt Ambassador Scientist for Indonesia
  • 2nd National Best Lecturer (2004)
  • 1st Best Lecturer in Kopertis Wilayah VI, Central Java
Penelitian dasar dan aplikasi klorofil dan karotenoid di bidang bioindustri pangan dan kesehatan (farmakodinamika dan farmakokinetika klorofil dan karotenoid, jalur fotodegradasi klorofil, elusidasi struktur dan fungsi novel pigmen pada spesies indigenus Indonesia dan bioaktivitas klorofil dan karotenoid sebagai sensitizer, antioksidan, antikanker, antiobesitas) dalam aplikasinya di bidang:
  • Industri pewarna alami
  • Cosmeceutical
  • nutraceutical
2011-nowScientific Ambassador of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Indonesia

2007-nowRector of Ma Chung University, Indonesia

2004Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

2002Head of Graduate School of Biology, Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia

2001Postdoctoral Fellow funded by DAAD, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

1998PhD in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

1994MSc in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

1990Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Faculty of Biology, Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia

2012Perwakilan Indonesia dalam International Deans' Course South East Asia 2012/13 di Osnabrueck dan Berlin, Jerman

2012Hibah Kompetensi tahun ke III, no. 166/SP2H/PL/Dit.Litabmas/III/2012

2011Hibah Kompetensi tahun ke II, no. 388/SP2H/PL/Dit.Litabmas/IV/2011

2011Program hibah pusat kajian ilmiah (PHP-PTS) No: 001/MACHUNG/LPPM-KI PHP PTS/IX/2011

2010Hibah Kompetensi No. 424/SP2H/PP/DP2M/VI/2010

2008Program Insentif Dasar Kementerian Negara Riset dan Teknologi No: 27/RD/Insentif/PPK/II/2008

2007Equipment Grant from Alexander von Humboldt, Germany.

2006Grant award from TWAS, Italy.

2005Science and Technology Award from Indonesia Toray Science Foundation.

20042nd National Best Lecturer 2004.

20041st Best Lecturer in Kopertis Wilayah VI, Central Java, Indonesia.

2004Grant Award from Organization of International Chemical Weapon Prohibition (ICWP), Netherland.

2004Georg Forster from The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

2004Grant Award from International Foundation for Science (Sweden).

2003Visiting Lecturer in Kwansei Gakuin University Japan for 3 months.

2003Award from Association of International Education of Japan.

2002The Best Presentator in ITSF Seminar.

2001Awarded 8th ITSF Science and Technology Research Grant.

2001Awarded Research grant from DAAD Germany in Bioscience Special Programme 2001.

  • Food Research Project: Pigments as potential food ingredients and functional food

    In the application for food industry, chlorophylls and carotenoids are commonly known as a natural food colorant. The functions of chlorophylls and carotenoids are however more subtle. Chlorophylls and carotenoids function as antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, anti-obesity, and a source of pro-Vitamin A. Therefore chlorophylls and carotenoids are highly potential to be used as healthy food ingredients and functional food.

    Our research deals with the endemic plants such as katuk (Sauropus androgynous), suji (Pleomele angustifolia) and buah merah (Pandanus conoides), as well as seaweeds and microalgae, which are typical to Indonesian habitat. The aims of this project are
    • Identification of novel photosynthetic pigments from endemic plants, algae and microorganisms
    • Mapping database for industrially potential natural resources that are rich in chlorophylls and carotenoids contents
    • Application of stable chlorophylls and carotenoids for natural colorants, food ingredients and functional food.

  • Healthcare Research Project: Pigments as potential nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and source of pro-vitamin A

    Indonesia has been known as the world's largest exporter of crude palm oil (CPO) and also one of the most important exporter of seaweeds and some of decapods crustaceans. However, those export commodities have not been maximally exploited, especially as the source of photosynthetic pigments such as beta-carotene, astaxanthin, fucoxanthin, etc, which are important for maintaining healthcare. The project aims to optimise the manufacture process in order to maintain the stability of the pigments as well as to use the waste products of the export commodity such as CPO as source of carotenoids prior to produce nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products. The project also aims to invent and develop stable chlorophyll-based photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy for cancer and tumors. The project includes the study of pigment stability and its degradation pathways.

  • Books
    • Limantara, L. (2004). Metode Analitik Spektroskopi. Widya Sari Press, Salatiga. ISBN. 979-9458-07-2. p. 1-74.Limantara, L. (2004). Klorofil. Widya Sari Press, Salatiga. ISBN. 979-3940-85-9. p. 1-82.
    • Limantara, L. (2005). Bakterioklorofil. Widya Sari Press, Salatiga. ISBN. 979-3458-06-4. p. 1-60.
    • Limantara, L. (2006). Kasiat dan Kegunaan Klorofil. Widya Sari Press, Salatiga. ISBN. 979-3940-85-9. p. 1-93.
    • Limantara, L. (2006). Spirulina Makanan Abad 21. Tisara Grafika, Salatiga. ISBN. 978-979-15945-1-6. p. 1-59.
    • Limantara, L. (2006). Karotenoid, Pigmen Alami yang Menyehatkan. Tisara Grafika, Salatiga. ISBN. 978-979-15945-0-9. p. 1-73.
    • Limantara, L. (2009). Daya Penyembuhan Klorofil. Ma Chung Press, Malang. ISBN. 978-979-17959-1-3. p. 1-93.

  • Chapter of Books
    • Koyama, Y., Kakitani, Y., Limantara, L., Fujii, R. (2006) Series of Advances in Photosynthesis: Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biological Function, Chapter 22. Grimm, B., Porra, R., Rudiger, R. and Scheer, H. (Eds). Kluwer Academic Publisher. In press.
    • Scheer, H., Fiedor, L., Haehnel, W., Limantara, L., Markovic, D., Scherz, A., and Zhao, K-H (2005) Chromophore-protein interactions in chlorophyll- and bili-proteins. In: Proceedings of 13th International Conggress on Photosynthesis: Fundamental Aspects to global, Van der Est A., and bruce, D. (eds), Allen Press, Montreal, Canada. Section 22, p. 894-896.

  • Selected Scientific Journals
    • Limantara, L, Koyama, Y., Katheder, I. and Scheer, H. (1994): Transient Raman spectroscopy of 15N-substituted bacteriochlorophyll a.an empirical assignment of T1 Raman lines. Chem. Phys. Lett., 227:617-622.
    • Limantara, L., Kurimoto, Y., Furukawa, K., Shimamura, T., Utsumi, H., Katheder, I., Scheer, H. and Koyama, Y. (1995): The environment of the four nitrogen atoms of bacteriochlorophyll a in solutions as revealed by 15N NMR spectroscopy. Chem. Phys. Lett. 236:71-77.
    • Limantara, L., Katheder, I., Scheer, H., Schafer, W. and Koyama, Y. (1996): The T1 and S1 Raman spectra of 15N and 2H-enriched bacteriochlorophyll a : Changes in bond order upon triplet and singlet excitation. Chem Phys. Lett., 262:656-662.
    • Limantara, L., Sakamoto, S., Koyama, Y. and Nagae, H. (1997): Effects on nonpolar and polar solvents on the Qx and Qy energies of bacteriochlorophyll a and bacteriophaeophytin a. Photochem Photobiol. 65:330-337.
    • Nagae, Y., Limantara, L. and Koyama, Y. (2004). Photo-protective of Carotenoids in Bacteriochlorophyll a in Solution: Dependence on the Conjugation Length. Supplement to Plant and Cell Physiology, 45:99 -287 (2aB04).
    • Limantara, L., Koehler, P., Wilhelm, B., Porra, R.J. and Scheer, H. (2006). Photostability of Bacteriochlorophyll a and Derivaties: Potential Sensitizers for Photodynamic Tumor Therapy. In: Photochemistry and Photobiology, 82:770-780.
    • Heriyanto and Limantara, L. (2006). Field Evaluation of In Vivo Chlorophyll Contents on Black Cincau, Clump Cincau, Green Cincau and Oil Cincau Leaves. Journal Natur Indonesia, 9(1):41-47.
    • Christiana, R., Kristopo, H. dan Limantara, L. (2008). Photodegradation and Antioxidant Activity of Chlorophyll a from Spirulina (Spirulina Sp.) Powder. Indonesian Journal of Chemistry. 8(2):236-241.
    • Pratiwi, R. dan Limantara, L. (2008). Potensi Astaxantin sebagai Senyawa Antikanker. Indonesian Journal of Cancer, 2(4):149-154.
    • Djalil, A.D., Surantaatmadja, S.I., Tjahjono, D.H. and Limantara, L. (2009). Isolation of Copper (II) Chlorin e6 as A Lead Compound of Photosensitizer for PDT. Bandung International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry. School of Pharmacy Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung. 6-8 Agustus 2009.
    • Merdekawati, W., Susanto, A.B. dan Limantara, L. (2009). Kandungan dan Aktivitas Antioksidan Klorofil a dan β-karoten Sargassum sp. Jurnal Kelautan Nasional, 2:144-155.
    • Kusumaningtyas, R.S. dan Limantara, L. (2009). Isomerisasi dan Oksidasi Senyawa Karotenoid dalam Buah Kelapa Sawit Selama Pengolahan CPO. Indo. J. Chem., 9(1):48-53.
    • Kusmita, L. dan Limantara, L. (2009). Pengaruh Asam Kuat dan Asam Lemah terhadap Agregasi dan Feofitinasi Klorofil a dan b. Indo. J. Chem. 9(1):70-76.
    • Heriyanto, Trihandaru, S. dan Limantara, L. (2009). Keadaan Koordinasi dan Proses Agregasi Pada Bakterioklorofil a serta Turunannya: Studi pada Pelarut Aseton-Air dan Metanol-Air. Indo. J. Chem., 9(1):113-122.
    • Christiana, R., Miki, T., Kakitani, Y., Aoyagi, S., Koyama, Y., Limantara, L. (2009). Energies and Excited-State Dynamics of 1Bu+, 1Bu- and 3Ag- States of Carotenoids Bound to LH2 Antenna Complexes from Purple Photosynthetic Bacteria. Chemical Physics Letters. 480: 289-295.
    • Indrawati, R., Karwur, F. F., dan Limantara L. (2010). Perkembangan Sensitizer pada Terapi Fotodinamika Tumor dan Kanker hingga Penuntunan Nanopartikel (nanoparticulate targetting) dengan antibody monoklonal. Indonesian Journal of Cancer, 4(3):101-110.

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