In a day and a half, our teacher from Environmental studies from Avans, Thais Varella, has visited four Universities (UFMG, PUC Minas, UFV and UFOP) in Minas Gerais in December. Worthwhile to mention is that all Universities are satisfied with the program and would like to receive students in the future. Here you can read about her visit.
Last month we had the pleasure of bringing LLB together at UFMG's Fuel Testing Laboratory (LEC). The LEC was created in 2000 to conduct research on biofuels, lubricants and meet the demand of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) to monitor the quality of fuels sold in Minas Gerais . In the laboratory, researchers such as Professor Vânya Marcia Duarte Pasa are leading research in the area of biodiesel and biokerosene. She supervises the work of Rosine Maria - LLB alumni and currently a UFMG master's student - in her research on the stability and pollution of biodiesel. In the meeting, Vânya highlighted the importance of maintaining national and international partnerships, so that science contributes to the development of the country.
The living lab also have another important partnership with the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (DESA). There, professors work with emerging themes in the area of water treatment and waste management. Camila Costa de Amorim and Maria Clara Starling work on topics such as tertiary and quaternary for water treatments, removal of micropollutants in the water, and use of drones to monitor treatment basins. Important topics that must have their research and application increased around the world.
In the solid waste management area, Professor Raphael Barros is researching solutions for industrial and municipal waste, such as large-scale composting. Satisfied with the success of the cooperation from previous years, they want to continue receiving students from the LLB and strengthening the program. "We must keep the living lab alive," Raphael said.
At UFOP, the newest member University of LLB, we met at the Coordination of International Affairs (CAINT) with Jaqueline Schultz, Anderson Gamarano, Professor Guilherme Jorge Brigolini Silva, and the LLB student Leon Sunier. He is currently researching on the impact of hydroelectric power plant construction on local fauna, under the supervision of Yasmine Antonini Itabaiana.
In his research, which involves field research, he studies about invertebrate recolonization. "I really like the style of work here at UFOP," he says. With a balance between the tasks and responsibilities given by his supervisor, "here I feel I have enough time to do and learn."
Thais visited the Departments of Chemistry & Food Technology and the Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Laboratory (LESA). There she spoke with Ronaldo Perez, André Rosa, Ann , Frederico Barros, Rita de Sousa, Rodrigues, and two students from Avans under supervision of Ann.
At PUC, Thais spoke with Prof. Barbara Nunes and Prof. Laura de Andrade both from DESA.
One of the topics discussed was about inviting new professors from PUC Minas for joining the LLB in the topics of biogas, -technology, and biofuels.