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MANGROVE MICROALGAE BIOREFINERY: An integrated pathway to value-added bioproducts

Grant number: 23/10214-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2024
Effective date (End): April 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Elen Aquino Perpetuo
Grantee:Bruna Bacaro Borrego
Supervisor: Nidia de Sa Caetano
Host Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:21/04367-2 - Evaluation of photoautotrophic microorganism's potential as feedstock for ethanol production, BP.DR


The present project consists of applying for a research-abroad internship grant as a step of the ongoing Ph.D. project (FAPESP No. 2021/04367-2). The project's main objective is to optimize the conditions for cultivation and hydrolysis of biomass from different microalgae to obtain third-generation bioethanol as a primary product. In line with the biorefinery concept, other bioproducts, such as fatty acids and pigments, will also be studied as a relevant complement to the project developed in Brazil. The proposal aims to carry out these activities at the University of Porto and Polytechnic of Porto (Portugal), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nídia de Sá Caetano, Researcher at the Laboratory of Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (LEPABE - FEUP), collaborator of Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology of the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic of Porto (CIETI - ISEP), and Coordinator Professor at the ISEP). Thus, the established partnership is highly encouraged for the internationalization of the student, which will strongly contribute to her knowledge, her doctoral thesis, and the research group she is inserted in (Bio4Tec Lab - CEPEMA POLI USP).

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