Lines of Research

Chemical Reaction Engineering and Materials Development

Laboratories:
–Energy and the Environment Laboratory (LEMA)
–Materials and Corrosion Laboratory (LABMAC)
–Process Control Laboratory (LCP)

Topics:
Pyrolysis and gasification of mineral coal – Environmental catalysis – dDeactivation 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:
–Chemical Systems Numerical Simulation Laboratory (LABSIN)
–Porous Systems Laboratory (LASIPO)
–Mass Transfer Laboratory (LABMASSA)

Topics:
Development of numerical methods – Experimentation, modeling and simulation of problems of 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 fermentation 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 natural gas industry – Process modeling and identification – 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 agro-industrial waste – Enzymatic catalysis – Biological waste treatment – Biological removal of nutrients – Enhanced 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.