Denise M. Guimarães Freire
Denise M. G. Freire is specialized in chemical engineering. She obtained her M.S. and D.S. degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry, respectively. She has focused her research interest on the field of bioproducts obtainment by fermentative processes for about 20 years in aspects related to enzyme production showing up emphasis on solid-state fermentation and the production of biosurfactants. She is an expert in reusing the agroindustrial residues, bioreactors performance improvement, and in the integration of engineering parameters with cells physiology and metabolism. Her dedication and aptness can be evidenced through the plentiful of published papers in indexed international journals (71), book chapters (4), patents (11), master dissertation (31), Ph.D. theses (11), as well as the undergraduate students (25) working in her laboratory. Professor Freire is the Leader of two research groups at Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) and a referee of 10 indexed international journals. She has approved several R&D projects within different research agencies and with some industries. Some of these projects are related to international cooperation, mainly with Portugal (University of Aveiro, University of Minho, and University of Porto) and Spain (CSIC/ICP, Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquímica, Madrid). Moreover, she has won nine academic prizes and has generated technology in cooperation with the industrial sector in the production and utilization of biosurfactants, as well as the production and utilization of lipases. The current research topics under her coordination include two scale-up bioprocess projects with environmental purposes. The first one aims at the building of a pilot plant unit for biosurfactants production. The second one forecasts the building of a semi-scale up industrial unit for hydrolytic enzymes production using agroindustrial waste aiming at the application in food industry wastewater.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2010