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Bioprocesses systems engineering applied to the production of biofertilizers: from integrated biorefinery to microorganisms

Grant number: 20/15450-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2021
Effective date (End): April 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal Investigator:Cristiane Sanchez Farinas
Grantee:Andrew Milli Elias
Host Institution: Embrapa Instrumentação Agropecuária. Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA). Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Brasil). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/10636-8 - From the cell factory to the Biodiesel-Bioethanol integrated biorefinery: a systems approach applied to complex problems in micro and macroscales, AP.BIOEN.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):22/10900-8 - Multi-objective optimization of biofertilizer production considering economic and environmental aspects, BE.EP.PD


Brazil is an agribusiness powerhouse, with an emphasis on soybean, corn, and sugar cane crops. However, it imports almost 80% of all mineral fertilizers utilized. Allied to this data, it is known that most of the environmental impacts are associated with the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the crops. Therefore, it is necessary to search for more sustainable alternatives for traditional fertilization materials, which guarantee national energy sovereignty, in an economy with low emission of greenhouse gases. In this sense, biofertilizers (or inoculants) have a fundamental role because, through biological processes, they can reduce costs and the environmental impact associated with fertilizers, with increased productivity. Although there are several studies related to inoculants and their use, few carry out an analysis of the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of the industrial process. And, as far as we know, no work integrates biorefineries with industrial biofertilizer plants. In this context, this postdoctoral project's main objective is to carry out a techno-economic-environmental analysis of an industrial plant to produce biofertilizers annexed to a sugarcane ethanol biorefinery. It is intended to use several advanced tools of Bioprocess Systems Engineering, enabling the identification of operational bottlenecks, with the endorsement of economic and environmental analysis, which allows feedback to the research and development teams to produce biofertilizers with totally national technology. (AU)

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ELIAS, ANDREW M.; LONGATI, ANDREZA A.; ELLAMLA, HARIKISHAN R.; FURLAN, FELIPE F.; RIBEIRO, MARCELO P. A.; MARCELINO, PAULO R. F.; DOS SANTOS, JULIO C.; DA SILVA, SILVIO S.; GIORDANO, ROBERTO C.. Techno-Economic-Environmental Analysis of Sophorolipid Biosurfactant Production from Sugarcane Bagasse. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, v. 60, n. 27, p. 9833-9850, . (19/15851-2, 16/10636-8, 17/13349-2, 16/14852-7, 20/15450-5)
PINTO, ARIANE S. S. M.; ELIAS, ANDREW M. F.; FURLAN, FELIPE F. C.; RIBEIRO, MARCELO P. A. S.; GIORDANO, ROBERTO C.; FARINAS, CRISTIANE S.. Strategies to reduce the negative impact of inhibitors in biorefineries: A combined techno-economic and life cycle assessment. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 345, p. 10-pg., . (16/10636-8, 17/21173-1, 20/15450-5)
ELIAS, ANDREW M.; FAVARO, CAMILA P.; BETTIOL, WAGNER; RIBEIRO, CAUE; FARINAS, CRISTIANE S.. Economic Aspects on the Production of Biofertilizers as Granular Composites. ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, v. 10, n. 31, p. 13-pg., . (20/15450-5)

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