Ph.D. Program in Bioenergy USP UNICAMP UNESP

Biotechnology for Biofuels

Biotechnology for Biofuels

Level: Doctor’s degree

Compulsory subject: No

Class Load: 60

Credits: 4


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the application of biotechnology to improve the use of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of biofuels. The course will focus on important topics in the field, from the engineering of plant biomass to the development of biological conversion systems. In addition, the major bottlenecks in the production of biofuels from plant biomass, as well as the impact of this technology on the environment, will also be discussed.


Buchanan B.B., Gruissem, W and Jones, R.L. 2002. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, ASPB, 1387 p.

Slater A., Scott N. W. and Fowler M. R. 2008. Plant Biotechnology: the genetic manipulation of plants. Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 376 p.

Jouanin L. and Lapierre C (Ed). 2012. Advances in Botanical Research. Volume 61: Lignins: Biosynthesis, Biodegradation and Bioengineering. Elsevier, 441 p.

Lee, J.W. (Ed) 2013. Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-3348-4_18, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Publications from top journals in the field, including “Biotechnology for Biofuels”, “Bioenergy Research” and “Trends in Biotechnology”.