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Director Instituto del Medio Ambiente

Profesor Asistente Departamento de Ingeniería Química

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Profesión:
Ingeniero Ambiental

Grados académicos:
Magister en ciencias de recursos naturales
Doctor en ciencias de recursos naturales

Líneas de investigación:
Biotecnología, bioenergía, biomateriales, tratamiento biológico de aguas residuales

Proyectos de los últimos 5 años:
2016-2019 FONDECYT postdoc Project 3160398. Recuperación de agua por osmosis directa desde relaves mineros (Project supervisor)

2016-2019 FONDECYT postdoc Project 3160762. Evaluación técnica de la producción de nanotubos de carbono como carga reforzante de una matriz polimérica termoestable, obtenidos a partir de bio-char pirolítico de cultivos agroindustriales y energéticos (Project supervisor)

2014-2016 FONDEF IDeACA13I10145 Conversión térmica de biomasa microalgal agotada para la producción de bio-oil, syngas y biochar post extracción de bioproductos de alto valor agregado (Thermal conversion of spent microlage biomass to produce bio-oil, syngas and biochar after the extraction of high value products). (Project leader)

2013-2015 Project to support international networking between energy research centers. CONICYT-MINENERGIA. International research network to biofuels production from microalgae. (Co-researcher)

2012-2014 CIRIC, Communications and Information Research and Innovation Center (INRIA Chile), programa de Atracción de Centros de Excelencia Internacional para la Competitividad de InnovaChile de Corfo. Investigador del grupo BIONATURE. 2010-9157(Co-researcher)

2010-2014 Technological Consortium Desert Bioenergy S.A. for research and development of the microalgae biofuel industry INNOVA-CORFO 09CTEI-6860.(Co-researcher). Leader of the subprogram “Design and implementation of processes for the production of refined biofuel from microalgae biomass”

2011- 2014 Project PIA-UFRO Desarrollo de un proceso fermentativo para la producción de biocombustible “butanol” a partir de Clostridium sp. y glicerol crudo.(Co-researcher)

2011-2013 FONDECYT project Initiation in to research “Innovative multiphase whole cell bioreactor to produce fatty acidalkyl ester from microalgae oils”. (Project leader)

2012-2015 FONDECYT regular project Technical evaluation of the potential use of sewage sludge as feedstock for biodiesel production. (Co-researcher).

2010-2013 Inserting Project of new Researchers in the Academy in Centers and research Institutes National 79090009 “Improving the capacities and technology for the development of bioenergy by using renewable resources”

2011-2012 Project PIA-UFRO DI10-7001“Technology approach for microalgae biorefinery, by using a biotechnological cell wall disruption process. (Project leader)

2010-2010 Postdoc project External cooperation window, Erasmus Mundus in Norgesteknisk-naturvitenskapeligeuniversitet (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. (Project leader)

Publicaciones de los últimos 5 años:

Hidalgo, P., Ciudad, G., Navia R. (2015). Evaluation of different solvent mixtures in esterifiable lipids extracion from microalgae botryococcus braunii for biodiesel production. Bioresouce Technology. Accepted doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.11.031

Hidalgo, P., Ciudad, G., Mittelbach, M., Navia R. (2015). Biodiesel production by direct conversion of Botryococcus braunii lipids: reaction kinetics modelling and optimization. Fuel. Accepted JFUE-D-15-00167R1.

Muñoz, R., Navia, R., Ciudad, G., Tessini, C., Jeison, D., Mella, R., Rabert, C., Azócar, L. (2015). Preliminary biorefinery process proposal for protein and biofuels recovery from microalgae. Fuel. 150, 425-433

Hidalgo, P., Ciudad, G., Schober, S., Mittelbach, M., Navia, R. (2015). Biodiesel synthesis by direct transesterification of microalgal biomass with continuous methanol reflux. Bioresource Technology. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.01.047

Hidalgo, P., Ciudad, G., Schober, S., Mittelbach, M., Navia, R. (2015). Improving the FAME Yield of in Situ Transesterification from Microalgal Biomass through Particle Size Reduction and Cosolvent Incorporation. Energy Fuels. DOI: 10.1021/ef5023303

Araya, K., Ugarte, A., Azócar, L., Valerio, O., Wick, L. Y. Ciudad, G. (2014). Whole cell three phase bioreactors allow for effective production of fatty acid alkyl esters derived from microalgae lipids. Fuel. JFUE-D-14-01942R1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2014.12.014

Muñoz, R., Reyes, I., Ciudad, G., Jeison, D. (2014). Biodiesel Microfiltration Dynamics During Transesterification of Rapeseed Oil. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy. 8(5): 506-511

Azócar, L., Navia, R., Beroiz, L., Jeison, D., Ciudad, G. (2013). Enzymatic Biodiesel Production Kinetics Using Co-solvent and an Anhydrous Medium: A Strategy to Improve Lipase Performance in a Semi continuous Reactor. New Biotechnology. 31(5), 422-429

Hidalgo, P., Toro, C., Ciudad, G., Schober, S., Mittelbach, M., Navia, R. (2014). Evaluation of Different Operational Strategies for Biodiesel Production by Direct Transesterification of Microalgal Biomass. Energy and Fuel. dx.doi.org/10.1021/ef500259z | Energy Fuels

Ciudad G., Rubilar O., Azócar L., Toro C., Cea, M., Torres A., Ribera A., Navia R. (2014). Performance of an enzymatic extract in Botrycoccusbraunii cell wall disruption. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering.117 (1) 75-80

Hidalgo, P. Toro, C., Ciudad, G., Navia, R. (2013) Advances in direct transesterification of microalgal biomass for biodiesel production. Rev Environ SciBiotechnol. 12 179–199

Reyes,I., Ciudad, G., Misra, M., Mohanty, A., Jeison D., Navia, R. (2012). Novel sequential batch membrane reactor to increase fatty acid methyl esters quality at low methanol to oil molar ratio. Chemical Engineering Journal 197 (2012) 459–467

Ciudad G., I. Reyes, L. Azócar, R. Briones, M. Jorquera L.Y. Wick, R. Navia (2011) 
Innovative approaches for effective selection of lipase-producing microorganisms as whole cell catalysts for biodiesel production. New Biotechnol.28 (4) 375-381

Azócar, L., Ciudad, G., Heipieper, H., Muñoz, R., Navia, R. (2011). Lipase-catalyzed process in an anhydrous medium with enzyme reutilization to produce biodiesel with low acid value. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering.115(6) 583-589