Maria Cuellar Group

I am a bioprocess engineer passionate about interfaces: between microbial production and recovery, between disciplines, between fundamental sciences and engineering, between academy and industry. My research and education style is to address the fundamentals of application‐driven questions through design‐inspired, systematic approaches combining experimental and modelling tools.

Research

How do we generate bioprocesses that are competitive at the relevant production scale? What would an ideal bioprocess  look like? If you ask me, it would have the elements shown in the figure below:

These thoughts inspire my research, with the following focus areas:

  • Novel process concepts and equipment for integrated fermentation and separation
  • Scale up/down of bioprocesses
  • Integration of tools for microorganism development and process design
  • Multi-phase bioprocessing

Current projects

Design

I frequently supervise Group Design Projects and Individual Design Projects of the PDEng program Designer in Bioprocess Technology, in collaboration with industry.

Some examples of assignments:

  • Comparison of microbial production of compound A vs other routes
  • Scale up and techno-economic evaluation of a novel bioprocess
  • Scale down of an existing process
  • Flowsheeting of an existing process for debottlenecking
  • Design of a novel piece of equipment

Teaching

Transport & Separation

Level: Master Life Science & Technology
Course code: LM3751
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Biochemistry of biomass conversion

Level: Master Sustainable Energy & Technology
Course code: LM3261SET
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Dr. Maria Cuellar Soares

Assistant professor


News from the group

July 5th, 2017

Rita da Costa Basto and Maria Cuellar will contribute with oral presentations at the upcoming WCCE10+ECCE11+ECAB4 in Barcelona! More details regarding the schedule will follow.

 June 16th. 2017

Our DIRC partner, DAB, has published a video featuring the pilot bioreactor for in-situ recovery of oil products. Check it out!