The UCIBIO pilot plant’s mission is to be a key enabler of training and education to produce highly skilled graduate students in the field of Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering. To be responsible for conducting world-class research and innovation in key areas of bioprocess technology and providing state-of-the-art pilot plant facilities for conducting research, development and training. The pilot plant enables to develop biotechnological processes up to the 100L working volume and to obtain products (such as biopolymers) up to the kg-scale.

 

Equipment used for europha project

  • 1 up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor with up to 100L operating volume, to perform the acidogenic fermentation;
  • 1 sequencing batch reactor type with up to 100L operating volume, to perform the microbial selection;
  • 1 fed-batch reactor type with up to 50L operating volume, to perform the production of biopolymers;
  • 1 feeding tank with up to 200L operating volume;
  • Feeding and recirculation pumps to acidogenic reactor;
  • Feeding and macronutrient pumps to selection reactor;
  • Feeding pump to biopolymer production reactor;
  • Biomass purge pump to inoculate biopolymer production in reactor;
  • Water bath for acidogenic reactor;
  • Hydrogen transmeter for acidogenic reactor;
  • Air compressor for selection and accumulation reactors;
  • CEPA® Z 41 High-Speed Tubular Centrifuge;
  • Accessories needed for pilot plant operation and as sensors for online monitoring;
  • Control hardware & software;

 

Equipment used for phaseplit project

  • 1 CSTR with up to 100L operating volume
  • 1 settler with up to 30L operating volume
  • 1 feeding tank with up to 30L operating volume
  • 1 recirculation pump for acidogenic reactor
  • 1 feeding pump for acidogenic reactor
  • pH dosing pump
  • 1 upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) methanogenic reactor with up to 100L operating volume
  • 1 recirculation pump for methanogenic reactor
  • 1 feeding pump for methanogenic reactor
  • 1 buffer tank with up to 100L operating volume
  • Control hardware and software
  • Gas flow meter and sensors

 

Equipment used for saltgae project

  • 2 up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor with up to 2.5L operating volume
  • 1 reactor CSTR with up to 1L operating volume
  • Incubator

 

Responsible

Maria Reis

PhD in Biochemical Engineering, 1991, FCT NOVA

Habilitation in Biochemical Engineering, 2003, FCT NOVA Full Professor, FCT NOVA

 

Post-docs fellows

  • Catarina S. S. Oliveira
  • Joana Cassidy
  • Mónica Carvalheira

 

PHD fellows

  • Jorge Santos
  • Mariana Matos
  • Rafaela Cruz

 

Research assistants

  • Bruno Oliveira
  • Emanuel Lopes
  • Fernando Silva
  • Pedro Cardoso

 

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