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Immobilization of lipase by jet cutter technique and biodiesel production using the biocatalyst in tubular reactors

Grant number: 19/03399-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal researcher:Marcus Bruno Soares Forte
Grantee:Francisco Lucas Chaves Almeida
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos (FEA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The use of lipases as a biocatalyst for industrial applications is an interesting route due to technical aspects but also to reduce environmental impacts caused by the use of chemical catalysts. Gel immobilization of the enzyme allows its reuse and avoids contamination of the product with residual portions of free enzyme. However, a typical technique available for enzyme immobilization is based on dripping driven by gravity which produces big particles and low rate of production. The reduction of size can improve the mass transfer by increasing the contact area. Thus, aiming to increase the rate of particles production and reduce the size of particles, the objective of this work is to encapsulate lipase, using a tool designed to cut the jet produced by pumping, called as Jet Cutter and its application for biodiesel production in tubular reactors. (AU)

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