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Structure and Function of Bioactive Natural Pigments

Raden Mas (RM) Tatas Hardo Panintingjati Brotosudarmo, born in the city of Pati in 1981, is a scientist in the field of photosynthesis in Indonesia. He is best known for discovering the crystal structure of the light-catching protein LH2 from the bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris and analyzing its function by single-molecule spectroscopy and femtoseconds. However, in 2011, he pioneered research on photosynthetic pigments, taking the theme of Indonesia's biodiversity, and linking it to functional food and agriculture. It is the research work in the natural pigment field that has influenced the government's policy on the use of synthetic food coloring, to shift to more environmentally friendly solutions. For this contribution, the British Council awarded him the Professional Achievement Award, The UK Alumni Award 2017.

Dr. Brotosudarmo is an alumnus of the Satya Wacana Christian University (S1 Chemistry, 2001), Ludwig Maximilans University Munich (S2 Chemical Physics, 2006), and the University of Glasgow (S3 Molecular and Cell Biology, 2010). His professional academic achievements include establishing the Ma Chung Research Center for Photosynthetic Pigments (MRCPP) at Ma Chung University, Malang and successfully leading the institution, which was designated by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in 2015 as the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Science and Technology (PUI-PT). This success led him to become a National Expert of DIES (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies), a training program coordinated by the German DAAD and the German Chancellors' Conference (HRK) to increase the capacity of the leadership of higher education institutions in ASEAN.

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Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia



Extraction & Analysis of Natural Products

This project is focusing on the development of extraction & analytical methods for the determination of natural products from various local/exotic fruits and edible species of Indonesia. It includes natural colorants, such as chlorophyll, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, flavor & aroma compounds, and other metabolites that have economic values for food industries.

Food Applications & Community Impact

This project is focusing on designing and prototyping healthy and functional food products, using natural ingredients that are available locally in Indonesia. The project is also innovating solutions for minimizing food wastes by closely engaging with local home and small-medium enterprises, and by community outreaches. The project is designed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), i.e. no poverty, no hunger, good health, quality education, life below water, life on land, and responsible consumption. 

Selected Publications

  • Wibowo, A.A., Elim, P.E., Heriyanto, , Prihastyanti, M.N.U., Yoewono, J.R., Shioi, Y., Limantara, L., Brotosudarmo, T.H.P. (2022). Effect of drying on the production of fucoxanthin isomers from brown seaweeds. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 00, e17057

  • Wibowo, A.A., Heriyanto, Shioi, Y., Limantara, L., Brotosudarmo, T.H.P. (2022) Simultaneous purification of fucoxanthin isomers from brown seaweeds by open-column and high-performance liquid chromatography, Journal of Chromatography B, 1193, 123166. 

  • Heriyanto, Gunawan, I.A., Fujii, R., Maoka, T., Shioi, Y., Kameubun, K.M.B., Limantara, L., Brotosudarmo, T.H.P.  (2021) Carotenoid composition in buah merah (Pandanus conoideus Lam.), an indigenous red fruit of the Papua Islands, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 96, 103722. 

  • Brotosudarmo, T.H.P., Limantara, L., Setiyono, E., Heriyanto (2020) Structures of Astaxanthin and Their Consequences for Therapeutic Application, International Journal of Food Science, 2020, ID 2155682.


  • Pringgenies, D., Limantara, L., Sabdono, A., Radjasa, O.K., Brotosudarmo, T.H.P.: Application of Erytrobacter flavus for Coral Reef Conservation. Indonesian Patent Number: IDS000003820, Granted date: 27.04.2021

  • Brotosudarmo, T.H.P., Adhiwibawa, M.A.S., Prilianti, K.R., Putra, E.H.E.: Method in wireless digital image acquisition for prediction of a drought-tolerant variant of soybean using fuzzy and artificial neural network algorithms. Indonesian Patent Number: IDP000067697, Granted date: 25.02.2020. 


Assoc. Prof. Tatas H.P. Brotosudarmo, Dipl.Chem., Ph.D.
Department of Food Technology
Universitas Ciputra
CitraLand CBD Boulevard
Kec. Sambikerep, Surabaya
Jawa Timur 60219

Food Technology Program Universitas Ciputra Website:

Phone (rectorate office): +62 (0)31 745 1698
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