I am a member of the BEACON+ Project and the Centre for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity at the Institute of Life Science, Swansea University. As a Fulbright scholar, I earned my Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and as an honors scholarship recipient, I earned my M.Sc. in Biotechnology and my B.Eng. in Biological Engineering degrees at the National University of Colombia at Medellin.

My research focuses on industrial and environmental biotechnology, nanotechnology, and renewable energy. In my previous years, I worked in the production of Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA) using anaerobic mixed fermentation and VFA recovery using esterification and membrane technology. I developed the first method for the production of silicon and carbonaceous compounds using biochar chemical and biological depolymerization. I have worked in the production of biofuels using biochemical and thermal conversion. I became well versed in designing experimental methods and performing data analysis using univariate, inference, and multivariate statistics using statistical packages (SAS and R). I have experience performing the complete set of analyses for plant biomass (compositional analysis, ultimate, proximate, heating value, etc) and detecting and analysing chemical products using GC/MS, FT-IR, HPLC, TLC, UV-Vis, and Fluorescence meter.

As a member of the BEACON+ project, I am working in the transformation of lignocellulosic material into chemical compounds using recombinant yeast. In that area, we are seeking new methods to produce steroids such as 11α-hydroxyprogesterone and chemical compounds such squalene. Additionally, we are looking in the production and characterization of biochar-derived nanoparticles.

I am seeking to establish collaborations with community and academia within Wales to Develop new products and processes that will support economic growth, Create highly skilled jobs in the area of green biotech, Support inward investment, and Promote science excellence from Wales.

Areas of Expertise

  • Renewable Energy
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Biofuels
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Bioseparations
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Enzymology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Pyrolysis
  • Gasification

Publications

  1. & Evaluation of Esterification and Membrane Based Solvent Extraction as Methods for the Recovery of Short Chain Volatile Fatty Acids from Slaughterhouse Blood Anaerobic Mixed Fermentation. Waste and Biomass Valorization
  2. & Production of humic substances from cotton stalks biochar by fungal treatment with Ceriporiopsis subvermispora. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments 13, 31-37.
  3. & Degradation and detoxification of synthetic dyes and textile industry effluents by newly isolated Leptosphaerulina sp. from Colombia. Bioresources and Bioprocessing 3(1)
  4. Production of silicon compounds and fulvic acids from cotton wastes biochar using chemical depolymerization. Industrial Crops and Products 67, 270-280.
  5. Hsieh, D., Capareda, S., Placido, J. Batch Pyrolysis of Acid-Treated Rice Straw and Potential Products for Energy and Biofuel Production. Waste and Biomass Valorization 6(3), 417-424.

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