Our group works with chemical and physical pretreatments for biomass conversion, aiming applications in biofuels and biomaterials. Pretreatment technologies are used to fractionate plant biomass components, mainly cellulose, lignin, hemicellulose, extractives and inorganic particles, allowing their application into various products. The research projects in this laboratory are dedicated to the use of cellulose to produce biofuels or cellulose nanoparticles (nanocrystals and nanofibers), to the use of plant extractives, and also lignin characterization and applications. Due to the interdisciplinary character of these research fields, students and researchers from different areas are welcome!
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