S.I. (Solange) Mussatto

Dr. S.I. (Solange) Mussatto

T: +31 15 27 88789
E: S.I.Mussatto@remove-this.tudelft.nl

Room 2.492

Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
The Netherlands                           



  • 2014-present 
    Invited Assistant Professor, Bioprocess Engineering Group, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013-2014
    Assistant Researcher, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal 
  • 2007-2013
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal
  • 2007
    PhD (Industrial Biotechnology), Department of Biotechnology, Engineering College of Lorena, University of Sao Paulo (EEL-USP), Brazil. Thesis: “Integral use of brewery by-product in chemical and biotechnological processes”
  • 2002-2003
    Professor, Chemical Engineering School of Lorena, Lorena, Brazil
  • 2002-2003
    Professor, Technical College of Lorena, Lorena, Brazil
  • 2002
    MSc (Industrial Biotechnology), Department of Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering School of Lorena, Brazil. Thesis: “Influence of the rice straw hemicellulosic hydrolysate treatment on xylitol production by Candida guilliermondii “
  • 1998-2000
    Research Fellow - Scientific Initiation, Chemical Engineering School of Lorena, Brazil
  • 1999
    Degree in Chemical Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering School of Lorena, Brazil.
    Associate Editor: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology since 2014. Referee of manuscripts to several international scientific journals and of projects to several international funding agencies.

Research interest  

  • Extraction of sugars and other valuable compounds from lignocellulosic agro-industrial residues, plants and macroalgae by different pre-treatment processes including hydrolysis with acids, alkalis or enzymes, solid-to-liquid extraction, microwave-assisted extraction and hydrothermal processes
  • Development of bioprocesses for the production of chemicals and fuels including ethanol, biojetfuel, xylitol, organic acids, fructooligosaccharides, bioactive compounds, alcoholic beverages, enzymes, and others
  • Fermentation technology: submerged and solid-state fermentation systems; immobilized cell systems
  • Process optimization by using statistical tools (experimental design, response surface methodology)
  • Downstream processes

 Teaching activities  

  • 2014 – MSc courses: Biological Engineering; Bioengineering (disciplines: Biochemical Engineering; Bioprocess Engineering; Project in Processes Engineering; Industrial Fine Chemistry)
  • 2011-2013 – PhD course: Biological and Chemical Engineering (discipline: Advanced Topics in Biological and Chemical Engineering)
  • 2004 – BSc course: Chemical Engineering (discipline: Biochemistry)
  • 2002-2003 – BSc courses: Chemical Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Materials Engineering (disciplines: Inorganic Chemistry, Unitary Operations, Physics, Mechanics)
  • 2001 – BSc course: Chemical Industrial Engineering (discipline: Microbiology)
  • Supervised 2 PhD, 1 PDEng, 6 MSc, 1 BSc and more than 30 research assistants/visiting students (PhD and MSc) until 2014

Key publications  

  • Mussatto SI. Generating biomedical polyphenolic compounds from spent coffee or silverskin. In: Coffee in Health and Disease Prevention. Victor R. Preedy (Ed.). London: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 93-106. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409517-5.00011-5
  • Mesa L, Morales M, González E, Cara C, Romero I, Castro E, Mussatto SI. Restructuring the processes for furfural and xylose production from sugarcane bagasse in a biorefinery concept for ethanol production. Chemical Engineering and Processing, 85, 196-202, 2014. doi:10.1016/j.cep.2014.07.0122004
  • Mussatto SI, Moncada J, Roberto IC, Cardona CA. Techno-economic analysis for brewer’s spent grains use on a biorefinery concept: The Brazilian case. Bioresource Technology, 148, 302-310, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2013.08.046
  • Mussatto SI, Fernandes M, Milagres AMF, Roberto IC. Effect of hemicellulose and lignin on enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose from brewer's spent grain. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 43, 124-129, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.enzmictec.2007.11.006
  • Santos JC, Mussatto SI, Dragone G, Converti A, Silva SS. Evaluation of porous glass and zeolite as cells carriers for xylitol production from sugarcane bagasse hydrolysate. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 23, 1-9, 2005. doi:10.1016/j.bej.2004.10.001

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