The Institute has its own team of researchers as well as trainees and fellows who participates effectively in the projects.
Dr. Coutinho has a PhD in Innovation Management from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil), a MSc and BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the same university. He worked for 25 years at PETROFLEX Ind. Com. S.A., largest producer of synthetic rubber in LATAM. As coordinator of R&D team, he guided the development and implementation of several operational improvements in existing processes and innumerable new products and processes, several with patents granted in Brazil and abroad. He also worked in the technical and economic evaluation of R&D&I projects and new industrial ventures, in the formation of joint ventures, in the elaboration of requests for funding and tax incentives for R&D activity, and in the construction of the innovation management system of the company. With the sale of PETROFLEX’s shareholding control, he was responsible for the restructuring of the R&D department at LANXESS-PETROFLEX integration group. From 2008-2009 act as Open Innovation manager at BRASKEM, where he was responsible for managing the external sources of innovation and building the knowledge management area. From January 2010, he took over the area of prospect and evaluation in renewables. It was then created a structure to monitor the environment, identified and evaluated several opportunities and initiated contacts and discussions about possible partnerships with other stakeholders. Besides innumerous patents, Dr. Coutinho has published several academic papers in Brazil and abroad, and has been acting as a professor in the area in question. He was the coordinator of the Technology Committee of the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM) and regional Director of the Brazilian Association of Chemical Engineering (ABEQ). He is currently Manager at the Technology Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT) and member of the Technology and Innovation Business Council from the Rio de Janeiro’s Commerce Association (ACRJ).
Dr. Dumaresq holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), with a concentration area in biotechnology. She completed her PhD in Genetics from the same university (2010), and part of her PhD was developed at the University of Exeter (UK). She was a postdoctoral fellow at FIOCRUZ Institute and after became a researcher at BRASKEM’s innovation and technology team. She has experience in the areas of synthetic biology, genetics of microorganisms and microbiology, working mainly on the following topics: microbial ecology, isolation and characterization of microorganisms, metagenome studies, synthetic biology and genetic engineering of microorganisms. Currently, she is the coordinator of the biotechnology platform of the SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT).
Dr. Machado has a BSc in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, 2005) and afterward started the master program in chemical engineering at the same university (COPPE/ UFRJ). Due to superior performance, he was invited to join the PhD program. In 2011 the completed his studies in separation processes with membranes and biotechnology. Afterward he worked as a researcher at the Chemistry Institute jointly with COPPE in biosurfactants and enzymes production by submerged fermentation until 2015. During this period, he advised 4 undergarduate, 1 master students and 1 PhD candidate, besides the generation of academic papers in line of fermentative processes. In addition, he acted as a consultant for a biotechnology company in the area os process development, specifically production, separation and concentration of lactic acid through integrated membrane processes such as microfiltration, ultrafiltration, besides pilot-scale electrodialysis. Dr. Machado is currently responsible for the chemical transformation platform at the SENAI Institute of Innovation for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT), and collaborates with the development of projects in the area of fermentative processes.
Mr. Bastos is a Chemical engineer graduated from the Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil, 2009) where he worked for 4 years as a fellow in a research project for the development of titanium dioxide solar cells. In 2011 he completed his master’s degree in Chemical and Biochemical Processes’ Technology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil) where in his dissertation he evaluated different scenarios for energy cogeneration for a chemical plant (BRASKEM). He took part at BRASKEM’s trainee program in 2011 as a process engineer at the chlorine and soda plant (Alagoas, Brazil). In 2012 he was transferred to BRASKEM’S polyethylene plant in Duque de Caxias (Brazil), also acting as a process engineer until August 2015. In 2014 he concluded a post-graduation course in Petrochemical Processing offered by BRASKEM in partnership with PETROBRAS University. Mr. Bastos is currently the coordinator for the Process Engineering Platform at SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT) and a PhD Candidate from UFRJ.
Dr. Mariana Doria has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Trento, Italy. Her thesis “Innovation and Regulation in the Chemical Industry: The Case of the European Union, 1976 – 2003” analyses the relationship between chemicals regulation and technological development. She has sixteen years of experience working on regulatory analysis, industrial innovation, and sustainable development. She worked as an analyst in the Technology Department of the Industries Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) and was the Innovation and Sustainability Manager of the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM). Currently, she is a specialist of customer relationship management at SENAI CETIQT, supporting SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic in competitive intelligence and intellectual property.
Mr. Cecci is a Materials Engineer from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil, 2009), and has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil, 2013). In 2010, he worked as a researcher at the University of Bremen (Germany). He has a strong background in R&D from different industry sectors (chemical, personal care, polymer and textile). In his curriculum, stands out the leadership in innovation projects of fibers and synthetic yarns in RHODIA S.A. – SOLVAY GROUP. Today he is a PhD Candidate in Polymers Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil, 2019) and coordinates the Innovation in Fibers platform of the SENAI Innovation Institute of Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT).
Mr. Passos is PhD candidate from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil), has a Master’s degree in Science and Technology of Polymers (UFRJ, Brazil) and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UNIGRANRIO (Brazil). He has also a post-graduation degree in Environmental Sciences from the Technical Educational Foundation of Duque de Caxias (FEUDUC, Brazil). He has solid professional experience in the synthesis of sulfur dyes, with emphasis on applications in textile, leather and paper. Previously, he is trained in chemical and textile technician from SENAI CETIQT. He worked for 21 years for Clariant S.A., focusing on the following areas: development of analytical methods, dye synthesis, raw material control, effluent analysis, and process optimization. Currently, he is an associate professor at Technical and Educational Foundation Souza Marques (FTESM, Brazil) and researcher at SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT). He is member of SENAI’s National Chemical Network and participates in the Textile and Chemistry Sectoral Committee (CSQT) at the Brazilian Association of the Textile and Apparel Industry (ABIT).
Mr. Simão has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from São Paulo State University (USP, Brazil), a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the same university, and is a PhD candidate at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil). He was an intern at the Brazilian Research Enterprise for Agroindustry (EMBRAPA), working with R&D&I of new polymer composites reinforced with natural fibers from the Brazilian biodiversity (Pantanal). During his Master, he developed biodegradable polymer blends from PCL and PBSA reinforced with PCL-graphed cellulose nanofibers. His PhD is a partnership between EMBRAPA and University of Copenhagen (Denmark), in reinforced composites with high lignocellulosic fiber contents. Currently, he is a researcher at the SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT), where he works in the research of chemical fibers.
Mr. Demuner is a Chemical Engineer from Fluminense Federal University (UFF, Brazil), where he was a research fellow in process simulation. During his course, he also had the opportunity to carry out internships in companies such as FIBRIA, PETROBRAS and BRASKEM, developing activities related to production process monitoring, simulation and process control. In 2014, he started his master’s course at the Chemical Engineering Program (PEQ/ COPPE) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil), and carried out the dynamic simulation of an ethanol-ethylene dehydration unit. During this period (2014-2016) he was a research fellow at COPPE (UFRJ) in process simulation and optimization. Currently, he is a researcher at SENAI Innovation Institute for Biosynthetic (SENAI CETIQT) and a PhD candidate at COPPE, UFRJ.