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QBQ5772 - Topics on Bioenergy, Biofuels and Renewables Chemistry
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2nd Semester, 2016
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm, Institute of Chemistry - USP
Start August 10th

Prof. Glaucia Mendes Souza
Prof. Flavia Vischi Winck
Prof. Pedro Vidinha







Bioenergy in Brazil: challenges and opportunities

José Goldemberg - FAPESP


Bioenergy & sustainability

Glaucia M. Souza - Instituto de Química, USP


Integrative analysis of omics data and molecular physiology of microalgae

Flavia Vischi Winck - Instituto de Química, USP


Biobased chemicals

Pedro Vidinha - Instituto de Química, USP



No activity (national holiday)


Sugarcane cultivation practices

Heitor Cantarella - IAC


Molecular mechanisms involved in plant growth

Camila Caldana - CTBE


Sugarcane functional genomics

Carolina Lembke - Instituto de Química, USP



Conceptual study of an advanced ethanol-fueled engine

Waldyr L. R. Gallo - Faculdade de Engenharia Mecânica, UNICAMP


No activity (national holiday)


The glycomic code of sugarcane cell walls and the production of bioenergy

Marcos Buckeridge - Instituto de Biociências, USP


Greenhouse gases emissions from agro-biofuel production

Carlos Eduardo P. Cerri - ESALQ, USP



No activity (national holiday)


Monograph due today


Live webcast




The course Topics on Bioenergy, Biofuels and Renewables Chemistry will cover aspects of research on biomass, biofuel production technologies, and biorefineries. Renowned experts will be invited to present aspects of research on sugarcane and other plants of interest to biomass production, as well as microorganisms for the production of new compounds based on renewable carbon sources that can replace petrochemical derived products. This course will be comprehensive in regard to the issues to be addressed and will create interfaces between different disciplines. Students will be in contact with new research models and new developments in biofuels that seek an effective impact on biotechnological breeding of cultivars and on ethanol production, as well as new chemical and biological routes of production of chemical compounds. The speakers will address core problems of sugarcane biology, and other models, describing studies of the genome, metabolism and physiological adaptive responses to the environment. Biomass deconstruction processes (physico-chemical or biological routes) and the chemical synthesis of compounds of interest or catalysts will also be subjects of the seminar series. Thus, we intend that the student can learn new ways of manipulating plants and microorganisms, creating new alternatives for biofuels and chemicals derived from biomass.



There is a great scientific and technological interest for the development of new routes for production of bioenergy, biofuels and chemical compounds derived from biomass in the world. An increasing number of companies have been established in the country in search of suitable conditions for the production of biomass and bioethanol. Research groups based in São Paulo State institutions are responding to the demand for new technologies and they are dedicated to the study of fundamental aspects of biomass production and process engineering. The time is ripe for this course of topics on bioenergy research. With the establishment of an integrated research network based on innovative strategies, it is necessary to create a discussion forum among students so that they prepare for the labor market, thereby contributing to strengthen and keep Brazil at the forefront of research in Bioenergy.



Aspects of research on: biomass; biochemistry and biomass genomics; biofuels technologies and biorefineries. Issues related to biofuel production on first, second and third generation; alcohol chemistry, sugar chemistry, oleochemistry, polymers and catalysts. Interdisciplinary aspects of a Systems and Synthetic Biology approach for the breeding of plants and microorganisms, and issues related to the impacts and sustainability of bioenergy.


Evaluation Criteria:

Students must deliver at the end of the course a 4-page monograph on one of the topics covered in the seminars (at student’s own choice).



Selection criteria: Priority will be given to students at the beginning of graduate course.



Souza, G. M., Victoria, R., Joly, C. Verdade, L. (Eds). (2015). Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the gaps (Vol.72, p.779). Paris. SCOPE. ISBN 978-2-9545557-0-6 (

Costa, M. D-B. L, Hotta, C. T., Carneiro, M. S., Chapola, R. G., Hoffmann, H. P., Garcia, A. A. F., Souza, G. M. (2011). Sugarcane Improvement: How far can we go? Current Opinion in Biotechnology 23, 1–6.

Hotta, C. T., Lembke, C. G., Ochoa, E. A., Cruz, G. M. Q., Domingues, D. S., Hoshino, A. A., Santos, W. D., Souza, A. P., Crivellari, A., Marconi, T. G., Santos, M. O., Melotto-Passarin, D. M., Mollinari, M., Margarido, G. R. A., Carrer, H., Souza, A. P., Garcia, A. A. F., Buckeridge, M. S., Menossi, M., Van Sluys, M-A. and Souza, G. M. (2010). The biotechnology roadmap for sugarcane improvement. Tropical Plant Biology. 10.1007/s12042-010-9050-5.

Cana-de-açúcar. Eds. Leila Luci Dinardo-Miranda, Antonio Carlos Machado de Vasconcelos, Marcos Guimarães de Andrade Landell. 2008. Campinas: Instituto Agronômico.