Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Mª Lourdes Martínez Cartas
  • Email:


Department / Institute / Centre

  • Address: Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071, Jaén (Spain)
  • Province: Jaén

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV)

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Jaén (UJA) is an EHEA medium-sized Spanish public university (some 16000 students and almost 1000 lecturers) that was established in 1993 and is organized into 6 main Schools/Faculties (Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Work, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and two Schools of Engineering). In addition to its 124 research groups, the University of Jaén is proud of its 4 Advanced Research Centers (Earth Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Olive Oil Research and Development, and Computational Sciences) and of its Institute on Iberian Archaeology Research. Moreover, UJA is integrated into a university network recognized as Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3), Climate Change (CamBio) and Historical Heritage (PatrimoniUN10).

UJA permanently welcomes new foreign research proposals as part of a conscious effort to increase its international profile and widen both its knowledge and its horizons.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

Research Group TEP-138 in Scientific and Technologic Campus of Linares

Our Research Group “Bioprocess” TEP-138 at University of Jaén is working in various research lines, such as:

-  Olive technologies

-  Technological co-adjuvants in oil production

-  Utilization of oil industry wastes and by-products

-  Olive and olive mill biomass

-  Treatment of oil industry wastewaters

-  Production of polyunsaturated fatty acids using microalgae These research lines have as central subject matter:

-  Bioenergy: Bioethanol and Biodiesel

-  Food Technology and Oenology

Project description:

The research aims to introduce the student to advanced knowledge on the use of lignocellulosic biomass, one of the most important energy production and various chemicals renewable resources.

Selected the biomass, it will be a question of taking advantage integrally of the residue in question, determining the possibilities of obtaining of biofuels and byproducts from the liquid fraction and the possibilities of energetic utilization by means of thermochemical processes of the solid fraction. The applicant would be incorporated into a project whose main objective is the Production of Bioenergy: Bioethanol and Biodiesel. Two routes to develop this aim are possible:

  • From a certain species of microalga, to extract the fat fraction from profitable way and with the above mentioned fraction to generate by means of transesterificación, methylic esters that would give place to the biodiesel production
  • Through delignification process of agricultural residues by using ethanol / water mixtures or acetone / water in the presence of acid catalysts. The effect of various variables in the lignin extraction process will be studied. The resulting liquid will be analyzed to determine its content of simple sugars. It is necessary to characterize the starting biomass and the solid obtained in tests delignification. The analysis results pretend determine which operating conditions allow simultaneously minimize the percentage of lignin and cellulose losses in the solid delignified maximizing recovery of lignin in the liquor organosolv.


CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 15th June 2018

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