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ProEMiBiL - Ethanol production from microalgae and lignocellulosic biomass.

Goal: The overall research objective is the production of bioethanol from a biomass mixture of the microalgae Chlorella zofingiensis and residues from the production of sugarcane, focusing on the development of fermentation technology to convert both the pentoses, and hexoses present in the biomass to bioethanol. Detailed descriptions are presented in Section 3.1.
1. To develop cultivation conditions to potentiate the production of Chlorella zofingiensis, for the greater recovery of carotenoids and lipids;
2. Pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of carbohydrates from microalgal and lignocellulosic biomass;
3. Screening of yeast strains for fermentation of pentoses and hexoses;
4. Experimental planning to optimize bioethanol production by co-fermentation of pentoses and hexoses.

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Wilson Galvao de Morais Junior
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The saccharification of sugarcane bagasse by enzymatic hydrolysis is one of the most promising processes for obtaining fermentable sugar to be used in the production of second-generation ethanol. The objective of this work was to study the immobilization and stabilization of two commercial enzymes: Endocellulase (E-CELBA) in dextran coated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles activated with aldehyde groups (DIOMNP) and β-glucosidase (E-BGOSPC) in glyoxyl agarose (GLA) so that their immobilized derivatives could be applied in the saccharification of pretreated sugarcane bagasse. This was the first time that the pretreated sugarcane bagasse was saccharified by cascade reaction using a endocellulase immobilized on dextran coated Fe2O3 with aldehyde groups combined with a β-glucosidase immobilized on glyoxyl agarose. Both enzymes were successfully immobilized (more than 60% after reduction with sodium borohydride) and presented higher thermal stability than free enzymes at 60, 70, and 80 °C. The enzymatic hydrolysis of the sugarcane bagasse was carried out with 15 U of each enzyme per gram of bagasse in a solid-liquid ratio of 1:20 for 48 h at 50 °C. Under these conditions, 39.06 ± 1.18% of the cellulose present in the pretreated bagasse was hydrolyzed, producing 14.11 ± 0.47 g/L of reducing sugars (94.54% glucose). In addition, DIOMNP endo-cellulase derivative maintained 61.40 ± 1.17% of its enzymatic activity after seven reuse cycles, and GLA β-glucosidase derivative maintained up to 58.20 ± 1.55% of its enzymatic activity after nine reuse cycles.
Wilson Galvao de Morais Junior
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In either unicellular or multi-cellular form, microalgae are photosynthetic microorganisms, mainly known for being part of the human diet in several world regions. More recently, they have been in the spotlight of researchers, not only because of their nutritional value, but also due to their high value-added components. This work reviews five microalgae genera: Dunaliella, Botryococcus, Chlamydomonas, Chlorella and Arthrospira, considered among the most promising for commercial biotechnological applications. The analysis shows that, although the research paradigms are generally shared among species, parameterization changes of culture environment and stress conditions, several applications can be envisaged for the cultivated species, which is discussed in this work. Besides, several applications in which these microalgae are being widely used, or are intended to be used, are analyzed and discussed. The potential applications depend on the type of metabolites found in each microalgae species, which is discussed in this work, giving examples of application and describing methods for their cultivation, harvesting and biomass processing. Thus, in addition to being used in human diet supplementation, microalgae can be used as ingredients for animal feed, medicines, cosmetics pigments, biofuels, bioplastics and biostimulants.
Wilson Galvao de Morais Junior
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The overall research objective is the production of bioethanol from a biomass mixture of the microalgae Chlorella zofingiensis and residues from the production of sugarcane, focusing on the development of fermentation technology to convert both the pentoses, and hexoses present in the biomass to bioethanol. Detailed descriptions are presented in Section 3.1.
1. To develop cultivation conditions to potentiate the production of Chlorella zofingiensis, for the greater recovery of carotenoids and lipids;
2. Pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of carbohydrates from microalgal and lignocellulosic biomass;
3. Screening of yeast strains for fermentation of pentoses and hexoses;
4. Experimental planning to optimize bioethanol production by co-fermentation of pentoses and hexoses.