Research Lines

Chemical Reaction Engineering and Development of Materials
Laboratories:
– Laboratory of Energy and the Environment (LEMA)
– Materials and Corrosion Laboratory (LABMAC)
– Process Control Laboratory (LCP)
Topics:
pyrolysis and gasification of mineral coal – environmental catalysis – deactivation and regeneration of catalysts – heterogeneous reactors – sol-gel processes – ceramic materials – development of bactericide materials – energy optimization and emission control in fixed source burners – advanced oxidation processes – polymerization reaction engineering – production of polymers from renewable sources – polymer colloids – nanostructured particles – nanoencapsulation.

Genomic and Biomedical Engineering
Laboratories:
– Computational Neuroengineering Laboratory (NEUROLAB)
– Integrated Technologies Laboratory (INTELAB)
Topics:
bioinformatics – metabolic engineering – functional and structural genomics – tissue engineering – neuroengineering – mathematical modeling of neurobiological processes – cerebral blood flow and metabolism – neural network architecture.

Transport Phenomena and Porous Media
Laboratories:
– Laboratory of Numerical Simulation of Chemical Processes (LABSIN)
– Porous Systems Laboratory (LASIPO)
– Mass Transfer Laboratory (LABMASSA)
Topics:
development of numerical methods – experimentation, modeling and simulation of problems involving heat, mass and momentum transfer in porous media, chemical reactors and bioreactors – textile industry processes – petrochemical, oil and gas industry processes – pulp and paper industry processes – natural products – food processes – rationalization and reuse of water.

Process Modeling, Optimization and Control
Laboratories:
– Process Control Laboratory (LCP)
– Computational Neuroengineering Laboratory (NEUROLAB)
Topics:
optimization of production in multipurpose plants – optimization and control of fermentative processes – optimization and control of supercritical extraction plants – development of strategies for process control – applied artificial intelligence – dynamics and control of polymerization reactors – process control applied to the oil and gas industry – modeling and identification of processes – mathematical modeling of neurophysiological processes – neural network architecture.

Biotechnological Processes
Laboratories:
– Biochemical Engineering Laboratory (ENGEBIO)
– Biological Waste Treatment Laboratory (LTBR)
Topics:
cell culture in non-conventional bioreactors – production of aromas and pigments via biotechnological processes – production of biopolymers – biotechnological valorization of agroindustrial residues – enzymatic catalysis – biological waste treatment – biological removal of nutrients – advanced oil recovery by biological processes.

Thermodynamics and Separation Processes
Laboratories:
– Mass Transfer Laboratory (LABMASSA)
– Process Control Laboratory (LCP)
Topics:
experimental determination of phase equilibrium data – prediction of thermodynamic and transport properties – supercritical extraction of aromas and essences – synthesis of separation systems – membrane separation, adsorption, distillation and extraction processes – valuation of products derived from cellulose and paper – separation of terpenes and terpenoids.