Program - Minicourse

Privatization in Electricity Sector: Experience in Argentina

Characterization of biofuels for energy purposes

Note: Short-course taught in Portuguese only.

With the increase of energy consumption in the world, the search for alternative sources has become more intense. The use of biofuels and industrial wastes, mainly from the agro-industry, are attractive alternatives for using renewable materials with low environmental impact.

The verification of the potential from biofuel as an energy source is made through the characterization of the material, providing information on the chemical and physicochemical properties to establish its technical viability.

The purpose of this short course is to present some standard methods and their importance for characterization of the following materials:

Solid biomass (cane bagasse, straw, forest residue, etc.)




Bio-oil (Pyrolysis)


RSU (Urban Solid Waste)


Jorge Luis Dias dos Santos

Holds a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Oswaldo Cruz College (2008) and a Masters Degree in Industrial Processes from the Institute of Technological Research of São Paulo (2014), 19 years experience in the Petrochemicals and Biofuels area, R & D project manager, quality, chemical and physico-chemical characterization in biomass, forest residue, industrial waste, charcoal, biodiesel, ethanol, bio-oil, RSU and validation of methodologies. Currently works at the Technological Research Institute of the State of São Paulo.

Ligia Antunes Almagro Alves de Souza

Holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Engineering College of the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation. Master in Environmental Technology, with emphasis on Mitigation of Environmental Impacts, by the Technological Research Institute of the State of São Paulo. Currently a researcher at the Technological Research Institute of the State of São Paulo. Has experience in the area of ​​Paints, Fuels and Lubricants, acting in the following subjects: fuels, lubricants, biofuels and biomass.


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