BIOEN Coordination Committee

Glaucia Mendes Souza

Dr. Glaucia Souza is a Full Professor at the Institute of Chemistry. Her lab focuses on sugarcane biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics. Dr. Souza started her career as a molecular biologist. Her PhD degree versed on the cellular decision to transition from growth to development. She did two postdoctoral trainings in molecular genetics in the US at the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation and Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently developing a genomics platform for plant improvement to select future-climate resilient plants and working on a systems biology approach in sugarcane to identify metabolites that might be of interest for bio-based chemicals applications and yield improvement.

She also works on sustainability assessments of bioenergy production and use. She participates in several international initiatives to disseminate knowledge and advise policy including the International Energy Agency, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the Biofuture Plataform. She is a Board member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) and the Brazilian Society of Bioenergy. She coordinates the Brazilian representation at the International Energy Agency Task Force on Bioenergy (Tasks 39 and 45) under the coordination of Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil). She is a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Energy group. She is a member of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP-CONIC) Bioeconomy Committee. She is an Eisenhower Fellow.

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Heitor Cantarella

Heitor Cantarella is an Agronomist and researcher in soil fertility and plant nutrition at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC). He is the Director of the Soils and Environmental Resources Center at IAC. He holds a Degree in Agronomy from FCA-UNESP Botucatu, Brazil and Master and Ph.D. Degrees in Soil Fertility from Iowa State University, USA.

His expertise is on nitrogen, fertilizer use efficiency, soil analysis, and environmental issues related to fertilizer use in agriculture. He has worked with fertilization with a variety of crops including maize, citrus, and sugarcane and also worked with nitrification inhibitors. He has produced important data on the greenhouse gas (GHG) nitrous oxide (N2O) from nitrogen fertilizers and residues (such as vinasse, straw, filter cake), use of potassium, phosphorus, and micronutrients. Presently, most of his research efforts are on issues of nutrition and sustainability of sugarcane for biofuels production.

Dr. Cantarella is also engaged in the Nutrient for Life in Brazil, an initiative promoted by ANDA and IPNI to educate the common citizen about the nature and the benefits of fertilizer for food production and quality. In the past 20 years, Dr. Cantarella has coordinated a soil analysis proficiency test that presently includes 136 laboratories in Brazil and other countries.

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Rubens Maciel Filho - Faculdade de Engenharia Química - UNICAMP

Dr. Rubens Maciel Filho is a Full Professor at the Chemical Engineering School, Department of Chemical Process, Coordinator of the Laboratory of Optimization, Design and Advanced Process Control (LOPCA), Coordinator of the Brazilian Institute of Biofabrication (BIOFABRIS) and Director of the New Energies Research Center (CINE).

He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from São Carlos Federal University, a Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the State University of Campinas and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK.

He served as Head of Chemical Process Development, Director for Under-Graduate Studies, Dean of the Chemical Engineering School and Pro-Rector at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He was also a member of the Higher Scientific Research Council of Brazil Research Council (CA of CNPq) and is a founding member of the Brazilian Bioenergy Society (SBE). He is full member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo. His professional experience includes teaching and research positions at State University of Campinas, as an invited Professor from UIS (Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia) and several worldwide collaborations in the Chemical Engineering area. He is a permanent member of the Brazilian Chemical Engineering Association and was Head of Brazilian Chemical Engineering Association and Inter-American Association of Chemical Engineering. He is a full member of the Academy of Sciences of State of São Paulo.

His main research areas focus on Process Development, Chemical and Biochemical Process Modeling, Computer Aided Design, operation and control and off/online optimization, with special focus in Green Process Development and Biorefinery, and Process Development for New Energies covering Advanced Energy Storage Systems. He has a large experience in industrial process evaluation and analysis mainly in the field of, renewable energies, biofuels and bio-based products.

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Luiz Augusto Horta Nogueira

Dr. Luiz Augusto Horta Nogueira is a Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UNICAMP. He is a retired Professor of Thermodynamics from UNIFEI. He was a visiting scientist at the Forestry Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, Technical Director at the Brazilian Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels and Chair of the Latin-American Memorial, São Paulo.

He has acted as a consultant in energy studies for the United Nations agencies (FAO, ECLAC, PNUD, UNIDO, UN Environment), IDB and IRENA. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Group of Energy Planning of UNICAMP and the Excellence Center on Energy Efficiency of UNIFEI. His work focuses mainly on bioenergy and energy efficiency.

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Luis Cassinelli