The Biorefinery research group was established since 2013 and is a part of the Food Research Department, Faculty of Chemistry Sciences at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
The image condenses, through a simple graphic icon, the fundamentals of the project – “Biorefinery”: Energy and Nature (Biomass) = forming a SPARK of Bioenergy
The research activities of the biorefinery group aim to cover the most relevant aspects related to the conversion of biomass into bioenergy and high value-added compounds in terms of sustainability and circular bioeconomy. Currently, the Biorefinery Group aggregates 20 Researchers of which 2 are faculty members of the Autonomous University of Coahuila, and 2 Post-doc researchers, 7 PhD students, 5 master students and several undergraduate students. The excellence of the research carried out in the biorefinery group, the competencies in advanced training, the competitiveness in attracting external, internal, and industrial financing, and the interaction with stakeholders are confirmed by the following facts for the period 2013- 2021. This is why our researchers are invited to take part in several Editorial Boards of International Journals, several Technical National and International Committees, in scientific and professional Societies governance, numerous Scientific Committees of National and International conferences , and to act as Reviewers of a high number of scientific articles every year.
The Internationalization is also an important issue in the Biorefinery Group activities. Biorefinery Group has established a network of collaborations all over the world that led to the development of joint research projects, joint academic programs, exchange of students and scientists including joint thesis supervision.
The Biorefinery group is part of the Cluster Bioalcoholes (Bioethanol Consortium) of the Mexican Centre for Innovation in Bioenergy (CEMIE-BIO) and Energy Sustainability Fund (CONACYT -SENER) in the stage pretreatment and fractionation biomass (hydrothermal pretreatment).
We have national collaboration with the following Mexican institutions: Different research groups in the Autonomous University of Coahuila, CINVESTAV – Guadalajara Unit, Autonomous University of Nayarit, Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN), Metropolitan Autonomous University – (UAM-I), Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada (CIQA), Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C. (CICY), Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, A.C. (IPICYT), Instituto de Biotecnología y Ecología – Universidad Veracruzana, Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco (CIATEJ), Instituto Tecnológico de Durango, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Campus Monterrey), Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (Veracurz), Instituto de Ingeniería – Unidad Académica Juriquilla – UNAM, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León – Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO, CDMX), Instituto de Energías Renovables- UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología – UNAM
International collaboration with the following institutions: University of Minho (Portugal), Jacobs University (Germany), Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil), Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) (Brazil), University of Jaen (Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo – CEBAL (Portugal), University of Vigo (Spain), Federal University of Ceará (Brazil), University of Liège (Belgium), Industrial University of Santander (Colombia), Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal), Institute of Materials of Misiones (IMAM) (Argentina), Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), State University of Campinas (Brazil), Dalian Polytechnic University (China), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), Universidad de la República (Uruguay), National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG) (Portugal), INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (Potugal), University College London (UK), University of British Columbia (Canada), CIEMAT- Renewable Energy Division, Biofuels Unit (Spain), Sadar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy (India), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Univeristy of Concepción (Chile), Umeå University (Sweden), Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (India), University of Florida (USA), CVR-Centre for Waste Valorisation (Portugal), CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST) (India)