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Study of the treating wastewater for bioenergy production using microalgae

Grant number: 15/19935-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): March 13, 2016
Effective date (End): March 12, 2017
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Sanitary Engineering
Principal Investigator:Rubens Maciel Filho
Grantee:Luisa Fernanda Rios Pinto
Supervisor abroad: Navid Moheimani
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Química (FEQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Murdoch University, Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:14/10064-9 - Biodiesel production from microalgae through in situ supercritical transesterification, BP.PD


Currently, the study of friendly environmental production processes is increasingly searched for the purpose of environmental protection and human health. Among these methods, the bioremediation and the production of biofuels have received a wide range of international attention. The bioremediation is an attractive process for contaminated industrial water treatment, where microorganisms can be used to remove or reduce pollutants (i.e. inorganic and organic nutrients and heavy metals). This process can be applied to domestic, animal or industrial wastewater, or contaminated soil. This research project aims to study the process of bioremediation of contaminated water using microalgae, and at the same time, generate biomass for studying the feasibility of bioenergy production. Nowadays, the bioenergy production from microalgae is not economically viable, mainly due to the costs associated with production. However combination of microalgae use for wastewater treatment and bioenergy production may be feasible due to significant reduction of fertilizers cost and values of treated water. (AU)

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)
RIOS, L. F.; MARTINEZ, A.; KLEIN, B. C.; WOLF MACIEL, M. R.; MACIEL FILHO, R. Comparison of Growth and Lipid Accumulation at Three Different Growth Regimes with Desmodesmus sp.. WASTE AND BIOMASS VALORIZATION, v. 9, n. 3, p. 421-427, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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