ABOUT US

Mission and

Vision

The mission of Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology group is to develop innovative solutions that can accelerate the development of a bioeconomy.

 

The ultimate goal of our research is to create a better future, where our resources are used more consciously, the environment is preserved, and our needs are fulfilled in a more efficient, economic and responsible way.

Ongoing projects

Development of advanced co-cultivation systems for an improved fermentation performance of complex substrates. 2020 – 2023.    

Understanding and overcoming physiological stress responses in Yarrowia lipolytica to dissolved O2 and CO2 in fermentation processes. 2019 – 2022. 

 

Development of a biotechnological process for the production of the antileukemic biopharmaceutical recombinant L-asparaginase: Optimization and economic feasibility study. 2019 – 2022.

 

WASTE2ENERGY: Integration of supercritical technologies and anaerobic digestion through an automated system for the production of biofuel precursors. 2019 – 2024. 

 

Process design, optimization and supply chain analysis for biotechnological production of xylitol. 2018 – 2021. 

 

Development of an innovative bioprocess for the valorization of lignocellulosic fibers by integrating biomass conversion, cell factory optimization and bioreactor engineering. 2018 – 2021. 

 

Development of technological strategies and sustainability analysis for the production of ethanol and value-added co-products in Uruguay. 2018 – 2020. 

 

Lipids and carotenoids production by oleaginous yeasts from lignocellulose biomass. 2017 – 2020. 

 

Bioprocess development using non-conventional yeasts and biomass hydrolysates. 2016 – 2020. 

 

Development of biorefineries using brewer´s spent grains as feedstock (BSG Refinery). 2016 – 2020. 

Meet the Team

Solange I. Mussatto
Group Leader
Giuliano M. Dragone
Senior Fermentation Scientist
Celina K. Yamakawa
Postdoc
Zhijia Liu
PhD Student
Jasper Driessen
PhD Student
Bram Kerssemakers
PhD Student
Lucas van der Maas
PhD Student
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Sirinapa Sasanam
PhD Student

External Members (co-supervision)

Larissa Pereira Brumano (Postdoc) – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 

 

Fernando Bonfiglio (PhD student)– University of the Republic (UdelaR), Uruguay

Bianca Consorti Bussamra (PhD student) – University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil/Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

Nikolaus Vollmer (PhD student) – Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

William Gustavo Sganzeria (PhD student) – University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 

Henrique Di Domenico Ziero (MSc student) – University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Former Members

Diego Grumbach – ENSTBB Bordeaux INP, France – 2020

 

Ilaria d'Imperio – University of Bari Aldo Moro (UniBa), Italy – 2020

Francesca Natalizio – University of Bari Aldo Moro (UniBa), Italy – 2020

Anna Carolina Piazentin – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil – 2020

Francesco Reggianini – University of Milan (UniMi), Italy – 2020

Eric Ebert – Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (BHT Berlin), Germany – 2020

Marlene Fels – Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (BHT Berlin), Germany – 2020

 

Luana de Fátima Alves – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil – 2019

 

Kittipong "Nat" Rattanaporn – Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand – 2019

Ratthapong "Mai" Meesupthong – Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand – 2019

Philip Sørensen – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2019

Jesper Jensen – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2019

Jules Dior – ESPCI Paris, France – 2019


Fen Qin – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2019


Ioannis Tsontzos – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2019


Emilia Savioli López – University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil – 2019


Georgios Moukanakis – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Alexandra Nastouli – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Perikles Marios Sotiris – National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece – 2018


Pablo Doménech Martínez – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Mikkel Reith Mahler – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Laura Kastell – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Astrid Zedlitz Johansen – Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2018


Marco Cassano – University of Bari Aldo Moro (UniBa), Italy – 2018


Ignacio Sánchez Moguel – University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil – 2017


Irving Flores Aviles – Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands – 2017

Selected publications

Terán Hilares, R; Ramos, L; da Silva, SS; Dragone, GMussatto, SI ; dos Santos, JC. Hydrodynamic cavitation as a strategy to enhance the efficiency of lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, v.38, p.483-493, 2018.

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