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Technical and economic evaluation of the integration of sustainable processes for a better use of brazilian ginseng (Pfaffia glomerata)

Grant number: 10/16485-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2011
Effective date (End): October 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal Investigator:Maria Angela de Almeida Meireles Petenate
Grantee:Diego Tresinari dos Santos
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos (FEA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):12/19304-7 - Brazilian ginseng biorefinery: simulation and multi-objective optimization, BE.EP.PD


The refinery concept applies to the full use of biomass, employing physical and/ or chemical treatments for the production of several commercial products of higher added value. The sugarcane industry in Brazil, according to some experts, is only a pioneer of future "biorefineries". The growing number of technologies being developed in order to produce different products with high added value such as plant extracts, ethanol and other chemicals from biomass, represents an important aspect that needs to be truly analyzed, especially from the economical point of view. The use of environmentally friendly pressurized fluid technologies to obtain products from biomass has shown encouraging results. However, studies on the attainment of multiple products in an integrated system, combining different and sequenced processes with the use of multiple fluids, are essential for future "biorefineries" implementations. Based on all the knowledge of clean and innovative production technologies using pressurized fluids of the research group LASEFI / DEA / FEA / UNICAMP, the objective of this project is to open a new line of research in this laboratory. It will be carried out a technical and economic evaluation of pressurized fluid technological options in order to evaluate different combination of processes, seeking a full recovery of all parts of the Brazilian ginseng (root and aerial parts). The economic analysis of the integrated processes will be held using the commercial simulator SuperPro Designer ® and the experimental data obtained in this study, as well as with literature data. The technical analysis will be held using the laboratory equipments. Equipments modifications will be made for the development of new processes and/or combined processes, extending LASEFI's operation field, to areas such as: extraction and "in-line" particle formation, pre-hydrolysis and sequential hydrolysis of the extractions residues aiming the production of ethanol and other chemicals. Hence, it is expected to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of a future "biorefinery" based on pressurized fluids to the full use of ginseng biomass.

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Scientific publications (12)
(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)
J. Q. ALBARELLI; A. MIAN; D. T. SANTOS; A. V. ENSINAS; F. MARÉCHAL; M. A. A. MEIRELES. Multi-objective Optimization of Supercritical Water Gasification of Leftover Brazilian Ginseng Roots After Phytochemical Recovery Steps. Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering, v. 34, n. 3, p. 841-850, . (10/16485-5, 09/17234-9, 15/06954-1, 13/18114-2, 12/19304-7, 12/10685-8)
ALBARELLI, JULIANA Q.; RABELO, RODRIGO B.; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; BEPPU, MARISA M.; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. Effects of supercritical carbon dioxide on waste banana peels for heavy metal removal. JOURNAL OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS, v. 58, n. 3, p. 343-351, . (10/02819-9, 10/16485-5)
VARDANEGA, RENATA; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. Proposal for fractionating Brazilian ginseng extracts: Process intensification approach. Journal of Food Engineering, v. 196, p. 73-80, . (12/19304-7, 12/10685-8, 10/16485-5, 13/17260-5, 13/04304-4)
SANTOS, DIEGO TRESINARI; DE ALMEIDA MEIRELES, MARIA ANGELA. Developing novel one-step processes for obtaining food-grade O/W emulsions from pressurized fluid extracts: processes description, state of the art and perspectives. FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 35, n. 4, p. 579-587, . (12/10685-8, 12/19304-7, 10/16485-5, 09/17234-9)
ALBARELLI, JULIANA Q.; MIAN, ALBERTO; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; ENSINAS, ADRIANO V.; MARECHAL, FRANCOIS; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. Valorization of sugarcane biorefinery residues using supercritical water gasification: A case study and perspectives. JOURNAL OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS, v. 96, n. SI, p. 133-143, . (13/18114-2, 12/19304-7, 10/16485-5)
ROSA, M. THEREZA M. G.; SILVA, ERIC KEVEN; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; PETENATE, ADEMIR J.; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. Obtaining annatto seed oil miniemulsions by ultrasonication using aqueous extract from Brazilian ginseng roots as a biosurfactant. Journal of Food Engineering, v. 168, p. 68-78, . (09/17234-9, 12/10685-8, 12/19304-7, 10/16485-5)
VARDANEGA, RENATA; CARVALHO, PEDRO I. N.; ALBARELLI, JULIANA Q.; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; MEIRELES, ANGELA A.. Techno-economic evaluation of obtaining Brazilian ginseng extracts in potential production scenarios. FOOD AND BIOPRODUCTS PROCESSING, v. 101, p. 45-55, . (12/19304-7, 15/06954-1, 12/10685-8, 10/16485-5, 09/17234-9, 13/18114-2)
ALBARELLI, JULIANA Q.; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; COCERO, MARIA JOSE; MEIRELES, MARIA ANGELA A.. Perspectives on the integration of a supercritical fluid extraction plant to a sugarcane biorefinery: thermo-economical evaluation of CO2 recycle systems. FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 38, n. 1, p. 13-18, . (15/06954-1, 13/18114-2, 12/10685-8, 12/19304-7, 15/13299-0, 10/16485-5)
CABEZA, ALVARO; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.; SOBRON, FRANCISCO; COCERO ALONSO, MARIA JOSE; GARCIA-SERNA, JUAN. Pretreatment Effect on the Thermal Degradation of a Feedstock with Low Hemicellulose Content: Brazilian Ginseng. ENERGY & FUELS, v. 31, n. 7, p. 7123-7131, . (12/19304-7, 10/16485-5)
ALBARELLI, J. Q.; MIAN, A.; SANTOS, D. T.; ENSINAS, A. V.; MARECHAL, F.; MEIRELES, M. A. A.. MULTI-OBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION OF SUPERCRITICAL WATER GASIFICATION OF LEFTOVER BRAZILIAN GINSENG ROOTS AFTER PHYTOCHEMICAL RECOVERY STEPS. Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering, v. 34, n. 3, p. 841-850, . (12/19304-7, 12/10685-8, 15/06954-1, 10/16485-5, 09/17234-9, 13/18114-2)
SANTOS, DIEGO T.; ALBARELLI, JULIANA Q.; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO A.; ENSINAS, ADRIANO V.; MARECHAL, FRANCOIS; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. New proposal for production of bioactive compounds by supercritical technology integrated to a sugarcane biorefinery. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, v. 16, n. 7, SI, p. 1455-1468, . (12/19304-7, 13/15049-5, 12/10685-8, 10/16485-5, 09/17234-9)
ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO A.; PRADO, JULIANA M.; MUDHOO, ACKMEZ; SANTOS, DIEGO T.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA; MEIRELES, M. ANGELA A.. Subcritical and supercritical technology for the production of second generation bioethanol. CRITICAL REVIEWS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, v. 35, n. 3, p. 302-312, . (10/08684-8, 11/19817-1, 12/19304-7, 10/16485-5)

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Filed patent(s) as a result of this research project

PROCESSO DE OBTENÇÃO DE UM EXTRATO A PARTIR DE PFAFFIA GLOMERATA BR1020130128961 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Maria Angela de Almeida Meireles ; Renata Vardenaga ; Diego Tresinari dos Santos - May 2013, 24