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Bioprocess systems engineering (bse) applied to the production of bioethanol from sugarcane bagasse

This research line, supported by the FAPESP Bioenergy Program (BIOEN) focuses on the rational application of Bioprocess Systems Engineering (BSE) to the large-scale production of bioethanol from lignocellulosic materials, especially sugar cane. Computational solutions to optimize process operation, to assess environmental impacts, and to evaluate economical feasibility are seeked. In other words, the same approach that allowed oil refineries to achieve their high productivity will be applied to biorefineries. BSE can provide tools for assessing different routes for bioethanol. The validation of these tools, however, must be based on real processes. Thus, different non-conventional technologies are integrated, from their early stage of development, in cooperation with experts in each field: in-situ production of cellulases; feedstock pre-treatment; enzymatic production of pentoses (and their transformation) and of hexoses, using soluble and immobilized enzymes; simultaneous (SSF) or consecutive fermentation.


Funding: FAPESP.
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