Research focus: Biotechnology, a key tool in buiding an inovative and sustainable knowledge-based bio-economy
With applications in a broad variety of industrial sectors (including health care, crop production and agriculture, non-food uses of crops such as biodegradable plastics and biofuels, etc), life sciences and biotechnologies are playing an increasingly significant role in fostering the competitiveness of a promising knowledge-based bioeconomy.
Our aim at IDENER in conducting biotechnology research is to contribute to technological innovation and obtaining new environmentally compatible products and processes based on renewable raw materials. To that end, we employ knowledge and expertise from a number of pure and applied sciences, such as mass and heat transfer, kinetics, biocatalysts, biomechanics, bioinformatics, separation and purification processes, bioreactor design, surface science, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and polymer science.
Specifically, our interest in this area is related to the development of novel high-value, non-food bioproducts and bioprocesses. To that end, we emply advanced data analysis, modeling and optimization techniques to untap novel sources of biomass and bioproducts, find novel biochemical pathways, improve industrial bioprocesses and obtain greener products.