Ph.D. Program in Bioenergy USP UNICAMP UNESP

UNICAMP

Aleix Altimiras Martin (IGE/UNICAMP)

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

Aleix is interested in studying the physical structure of the economy (i.e. how economies extract, transform, use and discard materials) to identify possible structural and technological change mitigating human-induced environmental degradation and improving social well-being. Energy crops offer a great opportunity to transition towards a bioeconomy: they can substitute fossil fuels in energy and material applications, radically changing the physical and technological structure of economies and opening new possibilities for improved well-being. Aleix uses Input-Output Analysis to study structural change and its socio-economic impacts and the Evolutionary (Neo-Schumpeterian) Theory framework to assess technological change.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1299136534218525

aleix@ige.unicamp.br

André Tosi Furtado (IGE/UNICAMP)

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

Modern biomass economy, public policies for bioenergy, modern biomass economy, public policies for bioenergy.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8444233927942764

furtado@ige.unicamp.br

Andreas Karoly Gombert (FEA/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity. Biorefinery and green chemistry.

Yeasts are versatile microorganisms, which have been employed by humankind for centuries in the production of food, beverage, biofuels, and more recently pharmaceuticals, heterologous proteins, and building blocks for the chemical industry. Our research aims at: 1) investigating the quantitative physiology of different yeast species (e.g. from the genera Saccharomyces, Kluyveromyces, and Yarrowia), which leads to fundamental knowledge on metabolic aspects of these organisms; 2) designing and applying different metabolic and evolutionary engineering strategies, in order to improve microbial performance.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4352323080338671

gombert@fea.unicamp.br

Antonio José de Almeida Meirelles (FEA/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4943655471147347

tomze@fea.unicamp.br

Antonio Riul Jr (IFI/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity.

Research based on nanostructured thin films of different materials (conducting polymers, chitosan, natural rubber latex, graphene oxide, …) using the Langmuir-Blodgett and layer-by-layer techniques applied in sensors (e-tongue devices). More recently, we have started studies using microfluidics envisaging future developments in biological fuel cell (bioenergy) and lab-on-a-chip devices.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0751163307734256

riul@ifi.unicamp.br

Carla Kazue Nakao Cavaliero (FEM/UNICAMP)

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of bioenergy production and use.

The economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable advanced biofuels production is developed in an integrated assessment, considering different aspects such as (a) the balance of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), and alternative emission reduction and carbon capture, (b) direct and indirect impacts of changing land use, (c) impacts on biodiversity, and (d) socio-economic impacts. So, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used by our group as a tool to analyze the sustainability of bioenergy in integrated systems, but expanding its purpose and scope of indicators to enable assessment of Sustainability Life Cycle applied to biorefinery.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2699196515879292

cavaliero@fem.unicamp.br

Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira (IB/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy: Genetic improvement of plants.

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity.

Developing high-yielding biomass and synthetic biology for the development of systems for the production of biofuels and biochemicals from second-generation sugar. Genomics and biotechnology, bioinfomatics and gene expression. Fermentation processes.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5775091545458540

goncalo@unicamp.br

Gustavo Mockaitis (FEAGRI/UNICAMP)

Residues bioprocessing for bioenergetic products

Our research group is investigating the usage of organic residues (mainly agricultural) for bioenergy production. Bioenergetic products of interest are organic fatty acids and hydrogen (through anaerobic acidogenic digestion), butanol (through anaerobic solventogenic processes), polyhydroxialcanoates (PHAs, biopolymers) and lipids from anaerobic processes coupled with microalgae production. Subjects of interest are bioreactors optimisation and design, metagenomics, metabolic and evolutionary engineering, life cycle assessment and planetary boundaries. This is an young and interdisciplinary group, thus professionals and students of any area of knowledge are welcome (and needed).

Résumé:  http://lattes.cnpq.br/1400402042483439

gustavo.mockaitis@feagri.unicamp.br; gusmock@unicamp.br

Henrique Coutinho Junqueira Franco (CTBE)

Biomass production for bioenergy: Crop science for bioeergy.

Researcher Leader at Brazillian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE), Campinas. My research projects are related to best practices of agricultural management for biomass production, focusing in soil fertility and fertilizers. Special attention is being given to use of co-products of sugarcane biorefinary for fertilization such as: vinasse, filter press, ashes and trash (straw). In our projects we used to apply a multidisciplinary (isotopic techniques, plant physiology, soil science, plant nutrition, microbiology, agricultural engineering and light synchrotron techniques: starting out) tools to improve the precision of our results and interpretation. Current we have strong cooperation with researchers from Germany and Australia in project related to sugarcane production.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7632245413046227

henrique.franco@bioetanol.org.br

Jackson Dirceu Megiatto Jr (IQM/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy. Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0629601747594563

jackson@iqm.unicamp.br

João Luís Nunes Carvalho (CTBE/CNPEM)

Biomass production for bioenergy. Environmental aspects

João Luís Nunes Carvalho, PhD. Agronomist at UFLA (2004), Master and PhD in Soil Science at ESALQ/USP (2006 and 2010) and Post doc at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2014). Since 2011, he is a researcher at Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CNPEM/CTBE). His research has an emphasis on best agricultural practices to improve Biomass Production and Environmental Impacts of biomass production. Currently, he is involved in following projects: i) Impacts of crop rotation and no-tillage on sugarcane production; ii) Implications of sugarcane straw removal to bioenergy production on soil quality indicators and biomass production; iii) Agronomic and environmental impacts of energy cane production.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7894439679806949

joao.carvalho@bioetanol.org.br

José Maria Ferreira Jardim da Silveira (IE/UNICAMP)

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4984859173592703

jmsilv@eco.unicamp.br

Lucas Rios do Amaral (FEAGRI/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy: agricultural engineering for bioenergy; crop science for bioenergy.

There are yield variability within fields. This might happen under different levels and, as consequence, such variability must be taken into account for proper crop management in order to optimize both crop yield and profit. For that, precision agriculture practices have to be implemented. The most promising approach for variability identification of both crop and soil properties is the proximal sensing. Thus, crop and soil sensors demand research and development to improve the accuracy of sugarcane management recommendation on precision agriculture scope. Moreover, other bioenergy crops show potential for precision agriculture adoption and need to be studied as well. Further, studies have to be conducted on crop variability management, agricultural practices, field technologies, etc.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0694700754100102

lucas.amaral@feagri.unicamp.br

Luís Augusto Barbosa Cortez (FEAGRI/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity.

B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering at UNICAMP, Brazil; M.Sc. in at Université Laval, Québec, Canada and PhD at Texas Tech University, USA. Presently is a Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering at UNICAMP. Coordinated projects in Bioenergy such as a study on sugarcane ethanol expansion in Brazil and the FAPESP Public Policy Ethanol Project in R&D for sustainable ethanol production which lead to the book “Sugarcane Bioethanol: R&D on sustainability and productivity” published in 2010. Presently coordinates the FAPESP/IANAS/LACAf-I Project to promote bioenergy in Latin America and Africa, the roadmap on Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation in Brazil, and a project on sugarcane residue pyrolysis.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6123811912250634

cortez@feagri.unicamp.br

Marcelo Menossi (IB/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy: Genetic improvement of plants.

Sugarcane growers use a wide array of sugarcane cultivars that differ in their ability to accumulate sucrose and to cope with environmental stress. Drought stress frequently reduces sugarcane productivity in several areas in Brazil. Our research interests are focused in the understanding the molecular basis of sugarcane responses to the environment and during the process of sucrose accumulation. To this end we use genomic approaches to discover genes that modulate sugarcane productivity and water stress tolerance. This knowledge is used not only for basic science, and we also use biotechnology approaches to identify genes that can improve either sucrose accumulation or tolerance to drought in transgenic plants. Our group has several patents pending, bringing together high-impact fundamental science and potential to breed improved sugarcane varieties.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/9861339870761985

menossi@unicamp.br

Marcus Bruno Soares Forte (FEA/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity; Biorefinery and green chemistry.

Marcus Forte is currently an Assistant Professor in Food Engineering Faculty (FEA) at UNICAMP. Prior to joining UNICAMP, he was working as an Assistant Professor in the Engineering School of Lorena (EEL) at University of São Paulo (USP). Dr. Forte has experience in Food Engineering area, with emphasis on Bioprocess Engineering. His research focuses (i) Downstream Processing, (ii) Alternative processes for lignocellulose biomass pre-treatment (ionic liquids) and its biotechnological application (fermentation and enzymatic reactions), (iii) Detoxification of conventional lignocellulose biomass hydrolysate (adsorption). Additionally, Dr. Forte has worked with Design of experiments and process optimization by ‘Response Surface Analysis’ methodology.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8021481959269554

forte@unicamp.br

Munir Salomão Skaf (IQM/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

Enzymatic Hydrolysis (pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation of sugars, biochemistry and structural studies of hydrolases, engineering enzymes for enhanced activity). Lignine. Synthesis. Enzymes.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8867390850809735

skaf@iqm.unicamp.br

Otavio Cavalett (CTBE/CNPEM)

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

 Research interests are linked to bioenergy systems modelling and sustainable analysis, especially focused on Life Cycle Assessment of biomass, biofuels, and biorefineries. It includes development and application of models and metrics to assess technical, economic, environmental and social performance of present and future renewable energy alternatives. Emerging life cycle thinking and circular economy issues such as water, carbon and ecological footprints; updated climate change metrics; Input-Output and Hybrid (process-environmental) LCA; Social LCA; energy and material flow analysis; risk and uncertainty analysis; and technological learning curves are also used to increase the understanding of interconnections between supply chains, the economy, and the environment in order to identify ecodesign opportunities for improved sustainability of individual processes and companies.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7710994342098865

otavio.cavalett@bioetanol.org.br

Paulo Sérgio Graziano Magalhães (FEAGRI/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability: Environmental aspects.

Paulo S. Graziano Magalhães, PhD. Bs in Agricultural Engineering – UNICAMP (1979), PhD in Soil Dynamics at Cranfield University (Silsoe College) England (1986). Professor at UNICAMP. Currently besides the functions of teaching and research at School of Ag. Eng. and NIPE, (Interdisciplinary Center of Energy Planning) he is a research associate at the Brazilian Science and Technology for Bioethanol, CTBE-CNPEM. His research has an emphasis on Precision Agriculture and design and development of Agricultural Machinery. The production of biofuels is justified only if their economic and environmental impacts are favorable in relation to sources of similar energy, and if there are real benefits to all segments of society directly involved. One of the innovations that should be incorporated into the production of sugar cane is the Precision Agriculture – PA an interdisciplinary subject. To develop research, innovation and technology transfer in this area will require the integration of several experts in various fields of knowledge. The purpose of our research is to develop and adapt technologies enabling to increase the use of socio-economic benefits and environmental of PA technologies via specific projects in the area of field sensors; investigation of the spatial variability of crop yield; development of models (from soil and plant data generated by PA techniques) to estimate the productivity and quality of sugar cane production, in order to maximize the efficiency of agricultural input application in the culture, with consequent reduction in environmental impacts.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1198843146263387

graziano@feagri.unicamp.br

Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro (IB/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy: Crop science for bioenergy.

My research is focused on crop physiology and deals with the environmental regulation of sugarcane photosynthesis. The role of light, water, temperature and nutrients on diffusive, photochemical and biochemical limitations of CO2 assimilation are investigated at both leaf and canopy levels in plants growing under controlled and field conditions. My aim is to understand how sugarcane genotypes modulate the resource (water, light and nutrients) use efficiencies and their impacts on crop growth and yield under constraining conditions.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/3707634488541457

rvr@unicamp.br

Rosana Goldbeck (FEA/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Science and technology of biofuels and bioelectricity. Biorefinery and green chemistry.

Rosana Goldbeck is currently an Assistant Professor in Food Engineering Faculty (FEA) at University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Her experience is mainly in the area of Biotechnology and Bioengineering with emphasis in Fermentative Processes, Production and Purification of Enzymes, Cloning and Expression of Heterologous Proteins, Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Production of Biofuels and others Biorefinery products. Presently, her research projects are focused on heterologous expression of the cellulases in S. cerevisiae targeting the 2G ethanol process through simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass.

Résumé:  http://lattes.cnpq.br/0926820987046988

goldbeck@unicamp.br

Rubens Maciel Filho (FEQ/UNICAMP)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5436713663763286

maciel@feq.unicamp.br

Sindelia Freitas Azzoni (CNPEM/Campinas)

Biorefinery, biofuels and engines: Biorefinery and green chemistry.

My reserach activity is dedicated to develop of bacterial platforms and processes for the biosynthesis of enzymes and renewable chemicals through bioprocess, metabolic engineering and systems biology approaches.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7497379804672333

sindelia.freitas@bioetanol.org.br

Telma Teixeira Franco (FEQ/UNICAMP)

Biomass production for bioenergy. Biorefinery, biofuels and engines.

New Biofuels from Sugarcane.

Résumé: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0112866192884217

franco@feq.unicamp.br