Rodrigo A Morales Vera

Rodrigo A Morales Vera
Universidad Católica del Maule | UCM · Escuela de Ingeniería en Biotecnología

PhD

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Introduction
Rodrigo A Morales Vera currently works at the School of Biotechnology Engineering, College of Forestry and Agricultural Sciences at Universidad Catolica del Maule, Chile. Rodrigo does research in Forestry, Ecological Engineering, Biodegradation and Biosystems Engineering, Conversion from Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals as well as Sustainability.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - present
Universidad Católica del Maule
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Teaching different classes for freshman, sophomores, and seniors students. Looking and assessing my next research projects according to Chile's necessities and funding availability
March 2018 - present
Universidad Católica del Maule
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Teaching Plants Dynamics, Fermentative Processes, and Biotech Research Methodology
April 2016 - February 2018
University of Washington Seattle
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • Bioconversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals

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Publications (31)
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Background: Low cost of raw materials and good process yields are necessary for future lignocellulosic biomass biorefineries to be sustainable and profitable. A low cost feedstock will be diverse, changing as a function of seasonality and price and will most likely be available from multiple sources to the biorefinery. The efficacy of the bioconve...
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Background: Similar to biofuels, numerous chemicals produced from petroleum resources can also be made from biomass. In this research we investigate cradle to biorefinery exit gate life cycle impacts of producing acetic acid from poplar biomass using a bioconversion process. A key step in developing acetic acid for commercial markets is producing...
Technical Report
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Woody biomass will be an essential feedstock for a large-scale cellulosic biofuel industry. The life cycle carbon accounting for the production of biofuels from woody feedstocks is complex and has engendered significant controversy. Issues such as below ground carbon, carbon debt, varied regional forest practices, multiple parallel forest product l...
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Most of the current commercial production of glacial acetic acid (GAA) is by petrochemical routes, primarily methanol carbonylation. GAA is an intermediate in the production of plastics, textiles, dyes, and paints. GAA production from biomass might be an economically viable and sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived routes. Separation of acet...
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The cost of cellulase enzymes is a main contributor to the operational cost of a biorefinery producing ethanol from lignocellulosic material. Therefore, onsite production of enzymes using low-value substrates might be an option to make a bio-based facility more economical, while improving environmental sustainability. Food manufacturing wastes (FMW...
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While high-rise mass-timber construction is booming worldwide as a more sustainable alternative to mainstream cement and steel, in South America, there are still many gaps to overcome regarding sourcing, design, and environmental performance. The aim of this study was to assess the carbon emission footprint of using mass-timber products to build a...
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As the need to address climate change grows more urgent, policymakers, businesses, and others are seeking innovative approaches to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors. Forests can play a role in reducing atmospheric carbon. However, there is disagreement over whether forests are most effective i...
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En países forestales en vías de desarrollo como Chile la construcción de viviendas en al-tura con tecnología de madera masiva (predominantemente madera laminada y contrala-minada), ofrece una oportunidad única para contribuir a su desarrollo económico, bienes-tar social y cuidado ambiental. En Chile, el sector de la edificación es responsable de un...
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En países forestales en vías de desarrollo como Chile la construcción de viviendas en al-tura con tecnología de madera masiva (predominantemente madera laminada y contrala-minada), ofrece una oportunidad única para contribuir a su desarrollo económico, bienestar social y cuidado ambiental. En Chile, el sector de la edificación es responsable de un...
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Currently, recycling or degradation treatments for tires are an enormous challenge. Despite efforts to dispose of or recycle it, rubber waste is increasing year by year worldwide. To create a rubber-recycling system, several researchers have proposed tire desulfurization. In this study, we compare two methods: one biological, using Acidobacillus fe...
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Currently, recycling or degradation treatments for tires are an enormous challenge. Despite efforts to dispose of or recycle it, rubber waste is increasing year by year worldwide. To create a rubber-recycling system, several researchers have proposed tire desulfurization. In this study, we compare two methods: one biological, using Acidobacillus fe...
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Background: Similar to biofuels, numerous chemicals produced from petroleum resources can also be made from biomass. In this research we investigate cradle to biorefinery exit gate life cycle impacts of producing acetic acid from poplar biomass using a bioconversion process. A key step in developing acetic acid for commercial markets is producing a...
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To ensure an uninterrupted feedstock supply, commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel production facilities must consider using more than one type of biomass; this paper considers the use of poplar and wheat straw. Short rotation coppice poplar will be a competitive feedstock for future biorefineries because of the low cost and year-round availability....
Technical Report
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Growing biomass incorporates atmospheric carbon and stores it as biogenic carbon. In a biorefinery, some portion of this biogenic carbon is converted into a biofuel, which then emits biogenic CO2 through the biofuel combustion. In the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biofuels, it is generally assumed that this biogenic CO2 emission is offset by atmosph...
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Five chip sizes of freshly harvested hybrid poplar, ranging from 0.2 × 0.2 cm to 2.0 × 1.5 cm, plus an equal mixture of all the particles, were used to determine the influence of initial particle size on sugar recovery after steam explosion pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis. It was found that there is essentially no effect of particle size or p...
Conference Paper
Feedstock logistics, also known as biomass assembly (harvesting, storage, preprocessing and transportation), have not been widely studied by the biofuels community. Consequently, there is still a gap between feedstock suppliers and downstream biomass conversion and processing. In this regard, biomass size reduction has been proposed as an important...
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El presente trabajo, el cual fue desarrollado en el Departamento de Ingeniería de la Madera de la Facultad de Ciencias Forestales de la Universidad de Chile, está inserto dentro del marco del proyecto FONDEF DO2I – 1086: Factibilidad de biopulpaje Kraft aplicado a especies del género Eucalyptus. Esta memoria de título consistió en el estudio de dos...

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We want to measure ethanol concentration while is being distillated. A quick method is required since we want to stop the process as soon we reach a determined concentration. Thanks
P.S. No HPLC methods please

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This project has been commissioned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and its main goal is to assess the environmental benefits of mass timber construction at a global level through performing comparative lifecycle assessments (LCAs) of functionally equivalent mass timber and conventional concrete buildings in Europe, China, South America and the US.
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The overall goal of this work is to provide USA Department of Energy (DOE) with high-quality information that allows for a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the benefits and liabilities of using woody feedstocks for the production of biofuels on a regionally specific basis
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Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) is a consortium of Pacific Northwest university and industry partners led by the University of Washington. AHB is working to prepare Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and Northern Idaho for a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry.