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Nanozeolites as solid supports for enzyme immobilization: Synthesis, characterization of complex nanozeolite/enzymes and their application as heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production via ethylic route

Grant number: 11/10092-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Jose Geraldo Nery
Grantee:Adriano de Vasconcellos
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil


Zeolites are crystalline aluminosilicates that can be natural or synthetic. Zeolites have well-defined channels and cavities of molecular dimensions that find extensive industrial use in modern chemical industry in several areas, especially in the heterogeneous catalysis. The synthetic zeolites have properties (ion exchange, adsorption and catalytic selectivity) very interesting of easy modulation. Due to these properties, there are several studies reporting of the use of zeolites as a solid support for enzyme immobilization these studies has allowed the formation of a variety of new alternative heterogeneous catalysts (zeolites/enzymes) that combine the advantages of catalytic enzymes with those of the zeolitic materials. Although there are studies reporting the immobilization of enzymes on zeolites for biodiesel production until now to the best of our knowledge there is no report clearly showing the use of nanozeolites as solid support for the immobilization of lipase. Therefore, the research proposal of this PhD project is the synthesis of nanozeolites, its use as support for the immobilization of lipases, and the use of these complexes (nanozeolite/enzyme) as catalysts for the transesterification of two different sources of raw materials: palm and microalgae oils to biodiesel via ethylic route. In order to achieve this purpose the transesterification reactions to the biodiesel production from palm and microalgae oils are studied both in pure nanozeolites, as with enzymes (lipases of Rhizomucor meihei, Thermomyces lanuginosus, Candida antarctica, Pseudomonas cepacia) free or immobilized on nanozeolites, and the following parameters are studied: the catalytic efficiency of pure nanozeolite and of the complex formed by the enzyme-nanozeolite, the interaction between the surface of nanozeolite and the enzyme, and structural changes on the surface of nanozeolites by enzyme immobilization.

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Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE VASCONCELLOS, ADRIANO; LAURENTI, JULIANA BERGAMASCO; MILLER, ALEX HENRIQUE; DA SILVA, DANILO ANTONIO; DE MORAES, FABIO ROGERIO; ARANDA, DONATO A. G.; NERY, JOSE G.. Potential new biocatalysts for biofuel production: The fungal lipases of Thermomyces lanuginosus and Rhizomucor miehei immobilized on zeolitic supports ion exchanged with transition metals. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, v. 214, p. 166-180, . (11/10092-4, 11/51851-5)
DE VASCONCELLOS, ADRIANO; MILLER, ALEX HENRIQUE; ARANDA, DONATO A. G.; NERY, JOSE GERALDO. Biocatalysts based on nanozeolite-enzyme complexes: Effects of alkoxysilane surface functionalization and biofuel production using microalgae lipids feedstock. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES, v. 165, p. 150-157, . (12/24259-0, 11/10092-4, 11/51851-5, 16/24303-0)
BERGAMASCO, JULIANA; DE ARAUJO, MARCELO V.; DE VASCONCELLOS, ADRIANO; LUIZON FILHO, ROBERTO A.; HATANAKA, RAFAEL R.; GIOTTO, MARCUS V.; ARANDA, DONATO A. G.; NERY, JOSE G.. Enzymatic transesterification of soybean oil with ethanol using lipases immobilized on highly crystalline PVA microspheres. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY, v. 59, p. 218-233, . (11/10092-4, 11/51851-5, 05/54703-6)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
VASCONCELLOS, Adriano de. Nanozeólitas como suportes sólidos para imobilização enzimática: Síntese, caracterização de complexos nanozeólitas/enzimas e sua aplicação como catalisadores heterogêneos para produção de biodiesel via rota etílica. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências Letras e Ciências Exatas. São José do Rio Preto São José do Rio Preto.

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