Miriana Kfoury

Associate Professor

Supramolecular Chemistry (CS) team

Miriana KFOURY

Université Littoral Cote d’Opale
145 Avenue Maurice Schuman
 59140 Dunkerque

 Tel : +33 (0)3 28 65 82  57

Mail : miriana.kfoury@univ-littoral.fr

Miriana Kfoury was born in Lebanon in 1990. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry and Biotechnology in cotutelle between the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale and the Lebanese University in 2015. From 2016 to 2021, she was an assistant professor at the Lebanese University. She will be appointed Associate Professor in September 2021. Her research activities focus on

  • Evaluation of the encapsulation capacity of cyclodextrins in non-conventional media (mixed solvents, deep eutectic solvents).
  • Development of analytical methods for the characterisation of host/guest inclusion complexes.
  • Development of binary or ternary formulations for the retention and solubilisation of volatile substances (VOCs, aromas, essential oils).
  • Evaluation of the biological activities of the formulations.

Scientific Edition

Special Issue Guest Editor : «Cyclodextrins as building blocks for new materials». Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Bibliometric information's (ISI Web of Knowledge - September 2022)

  • Number of articles, Web of Science : 23
  • h-index : 15
  • Total citations : 737


23.  L. Nakhle, M. Kfoury, et al. Solubilization of Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil and citronellal in deep eutectic solvents:water:cyclodextrins mixtures. J. Mol. Liq. 2022, 359, 119371. DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2022.119371.

22.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, S. Fourmentin. Combination of DES and macrocyclic host molecules: Review and perspectives. Curr. Opin. Green Sustain. 2022, 36, 100630. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsc.2022.100630.

21.  J. Petitprez, F-X Legrand, et al. Huge solubility increase of poorly water-soluble pharmaceuticals by sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin complexation in a low-melting mixture. Environ. Chem. Lett. 2022, 20, 1561-1568. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-022-01415-y.

20.  L. Nakhle, M. Kfoury, et al. Microextraction of bioactive compounds using deep eutectic solvents : a review. Environ. Chem. Lett. 2021, 19(5), 3747-3759. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-021-01255-2.

19.  L. Nakhle, M. Kfoury, et al. Effect of dimethylsulfoxide, ethanol, α- and β-cyclodextrins and their association on the solubility of natural bioactive compounds. J. Mol. Liq. 2020, 310: 113156. DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2020.113156.

18.  L. Auezova, A. Najjar, M. Kfoury, et al. Antibacterial activity of free or encapsulated selected phenylpropanoids against E. coli and S. epidermidis. J. Appl. Microbiol. 2020, 128(3):710-720. DOI: 10.1111/jam.14516.

17.  M. Kfoury, C. Geagea, et al. Effect of cyclodextrin and cosolvent on the solubility and antioxidant activity of caffeic acid. Food Chem. 2019, 278, 163-169. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.11.055.

16.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, H. et al. Encapsulation in cyclodextrins to widen the applications of essential oils. Environmental Chem. Lett. 2019, 17(1):129-143. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-018-0783-y.

15.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, S. Fourmentin. Contribution of headspace to the analysis of cyclodextrin inclusion complexes. J. Incl. Phenom. Macro. Chem. 2019, 93:19-32. DOI: 10.1007/s10847-018-0818-9.

14.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, S. Fourmentin. Characterization of cyclodextrin/volatile inclusion complexes: A review. Molecules. 2018, 23, 1204. DOI: 10.3390/molecules23051204.

13.  M. Kfoury, J.D. Pipkin, et al. Captisol®: an efficient carrier and solubilizing agent for essential oils and their components. Flavour Frag. J. 2017, 32(5), 340-346. DOI: 10.1002/ffj.3395.

12.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, et al. Nootkatone encapsulation by CD: effect on water solubility and photostability. Food Chem. 2017, 236, 41-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.12.086.

11.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Release studies of trans-anethole from β-cyclodextrin solid inclusion complexes by Multiple Headspace Extraction. Carbohydr. Polym. 2016, 1245-1250. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.06.079.

10.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Development of a Total Organic Carbon method for the quantitative determination of solubility enhancement by cyclodextrins: Application to essential oils. Anal. Chim. Acta. 2016, 918, 21-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2016.03.013.

9.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, et al. Determination of formation constants and structural characterization of cyclodextrin inclusion complexes with two phenolic isomers: Carvacrol and thymol. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2016, 12, 29-42. DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.12.5.

8.  M. Kfoury, M. Borgie, et al. Essential oils components decrease pulmonary and hepatic cells inflammation induced by air pollution particulate matter. Environmental Chem. Lett. 2016, 14, 345-351. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-016-0572-4.

7.  M. Kfoury, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, et al. Solubility, photostability and antifungal activity of phenylpropanoids encapsulated in cyclodextrins. Food Chem. 2016, 196, 518-525. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.09.078.

6.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Promising applications of cyclodextrins in food: improvement of essential oils retention, controlled release and antiradical activity. Carbohydr. Polym. 2015, 131, 264-272. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.06.014.

5.  M. Kfoury, R. Balan, et al. Investigation of the complexation of essential oils components with cyclodextrins. Supramol. Chem. 2015, 27(9), 620-628. DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1051977.

4.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Complexation of, estragole as pure compound and as main component of Basil and Tarragon essential oils with cyclodextrins, Carbohydr. Polym. 2015, 118, 156-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.10.073.

3.  M. Kfoury, D. Landy, et al. Effect of cyclodextrins complexation on phenylpropanoids solubility and antioxydant activity. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2014, 10, 2322-2331. DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.10.241.

2.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Cyclodextrin, an efficient tool for trans-anethole encapsulation: Chromatographic, spectroscopic, thermal and structural studies. Food. Chem. 2014, 164, 454-461. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.05.052.

1.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Investigation of monoterpenes complexation with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin. J. Incl. Phenom. Macro. Chem. 2014, 80, 51-60. DOI : 10.1007/s10847-014-0385-7.

book chapters

1.  L. Nakhle, M. Kfoury, et al. Methods for extraction of bioactive compounds from plant and animal matter using Deep Eutectic Solvents ; Dans Deep Eutectic Solvents for medicine, gas solubilization and extraction of natural substances. Springer Nature, 2020. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53069-3_6.

2.  M. Kfoury, L. Auezova, et al. Cyclodextrins for essential oils applications; Dans Cycodextrins applications in medicine, food, environment and liquid crystals. Springer Nature, 2018. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76162-6_4.

3.  M. Kfoury, N. Hadaruga, et al. An overview of the use of CDs as encapsulation material for delivering and improving flavors and aroma performance and functionalities ; Dans Encapsulations, Nanotechnology In Food Industry. Elsevier, 2016. ISBN : 978-0-12-804307-3.

4.  M. Kfoury, A. Ciobanu, et al. Cyclodextrines comme agents d’encapsulation des arômes; Dans Cyclodextrines: Histoire, propriétés et applications. Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2015.

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