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PYROCHEM THROUGH THE EYES OF A STUDENT

 

Smiling broadly and telling enthusiastically, she sits in front of us. “Yes, the beginning was difficult. The corona measures, difficulty finding housing, finding your way in an unknown country and a different culture.” Just take it as a 22-year-old bachelor student from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Fortunately, the dust settled quickly and she quickly found her niche among students and colleagues from CoE BBE. Now the countdown to the return journey has already started. “I will take an unforgettable experience back to Brazil. Luggage that I hope I can use to take steps at home in the sustainable development of chemical processes.”

 

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SENIOR RESEARCHER QIAN ZHOU TELLS WHY SHE IS SATISFIED WITH BRAZILIAN INTERNS? 

 

I graduated in Chemical Engineering (Master, 2000) and Material Science (Ph.D., 2003) at Sichuan University in China. As a senior researcher at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, my passion falls in the process of valorization of solid residual streams (biomass, waste plastics) via pyrolysis technology. That is, convert a variety of solid residual streams (biomass, waste plastics) into fuels, chemicals, and materials through pyrolysis technology; Conceptual process design and optimize pyrolysis technologies for different input streams and products (liquid, gas, carbon); Upgrade and apply of pyrolysis products.

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CALL: IDEAS FOR WEBINARS.

 

One of the focus points of the Living Lab for 2022 is to organize 3 webinars with specialized subjects for professors and students to stimulate knowledge exchange and matching of Brazilian and Dutch professors with a similar research focus. If you have an idea for a topic for one of the webinars or if you would like to help us organize a webinar, please send an e-mail to the living lab team via mgp.verwei@avans.nl.

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GREETING FROM BRAZIL.

 

My name is Yannick, a Dutch student doing my BSc in Chemistry at HZ University of Applied Sciences, with a specialization in Life Sciences. Currently, I am doing my graduation internship in Brazil, where I will stay for six months in total. I have been in Ouro Preto for three weeks now and enjoying life to the fullest!

 

Why did you choose an internship in Brazil?

The reason why I choose an internship in Brazil is that I have always loved to travel. Doing an internship abroad is one of the few opportunities in life where traveling abroad for a long period is possible. I have never been to South America, so when the Living Lab offered this internship, I grabbed it with both hands. 

 

What is the subject of your internship? Can you already tell us something more about it?

I work in the lab of pathophysiology and anatomy at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP). This lab mainly focuses on research regarding the effects of specific anesthetics used in clinical practice (Ketamine, Isoflurane, Fentanyl) on organs. On top of that, this lab focuses on the evaluation of Mechanical Ventilation (a tool used in clinical practice during acute or chronic respiratory failure) on the lungs and brains.

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WEBINAR STUDENT EXCHANGE, MARCH, 15

 

The info webinar on student exchange on March the 15th was attended by 20, mainly Brazilian, students. There were talks about general information about the Living Lab, and examples of previous internships. Also, a former exchange student: Mithyzi Leal, came to talk about her experience as a research intern at Avans UAS. She is now working for the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy. The given information inspired many questions from the audience. Students were especially interested in the language requirements for Dutch internships. If you are interested in an internship in Brazil or the Netherlands, look for more information on the website, or contact mgp.verwei@avans.nl

Deadline for application for internships in February ’23 is the 1st of November. 

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APPLICATION OF WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS TO MINIMIZE THE WATER CONSUMPTION OF A PULP MILL LOCATED IN THE RIO DOCE BASIN.

 

Luewton, Agostinho, Ronaldo Novaes Ferreira Water technology group NHL Stenden.

The WatMin project combined a technical approach with a social science background to assess the implementation of new technologies in the pulp and paper industry. This industry is a major consumer of fresh water and energy resources, resulting in a large environmental footprint. Studies show that reducing environmental impacts by increasing water and energy efficiency in the pulp production process is essential for companies in the sector to remain competitive and sustainable. 

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SCIENCE IN TROUBLE IN BRAZIL'.

 

“Brazilian scientists are trying to combat deforestation and illegal mining, but the government is not on their side.

Under Bolsonaro, the trend of cutting budgets has continued and the anti-science sentiment is spreading.

How are Judith Verstegen’s fellow researchers in Brazil holding up?”

 

Read more. Article from Stijn Schreven, February 26, 2022, Resource WUR from within, Wageningen University


UFMG STUDENT RAYSSA SARAH ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES IN THE NETHERLANDS.

 

My name is Rayssa and I am a chemical engineering student from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. I am currently in my 5th year and I'll be graduating by the middle of 2022. Doing an exchange program abroad had always been my dream. When I first knew about the Living Lab program, I decided to apply immediately!

 

The idea of doing an internship in the Netherlands sounded like a great opportunity for my personal development. It happens that my experience here is even better than I imagined. Since September of 2021, I've been working at the Centre of expertise in Biobased Economy (CoE BBE), at Avans University of Applied Sciences,

on a research project regarding the valorization of sewage by producing bioplastics out of it. 

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Internship positions: Deadline application extend to april 15 2022.

April 2022

Living Lab Biobased Brazil offers a number of biobased internships and biobased graduation internship projects. These projects take place at partner institutions, such as universities and companies. Deadline for application for the period September  2022 – January 2023 is now April 15 . For more information, see here.

 


Biobased Batlle: october 18th to 21st. 

October, 14 2021

The 2021 edition of the Biobased Battle: a competition in the field of circular economy held together with students from UFOP and Avans University of Applied Sciences!

 

The competition takes place over 4 mornings (October 18th to 21st, from 8h30am to 12h30pm, Brazilian time), with mixed teams of undergraduate and master's students, Brazilian and Dutch, thinking about strategies to reuse waste, applying biobased and circular economy concepts.

 

It is an excellent event for practicing English, networking, working in multidisciplinary teams and developing creativity. All this, with a certificate of participation in an international event and 20 hours of free ATV.

 

This year, we chose to work with effluents from domestic sewage from the pulp, paper, and brewing industries. There will be an initial lecture explaining the bases of these residues given by prof. André Santos, from UFC, is a world reference on the subject.

 

More information: Take a look at last year's participants' testimonials.

 


Final presentation wat min project (Application of waste water treatment systems to minimize the water consumption of a pulp mill located in the Rio Doce basin).

October, 7 2021

Luewton Agostinho and Ronaldo Novaes Ferreira (Stenden/VHL) would like to invite you for a final presentation and official closing ceremony of the WatMin project. This will be on the 29th of October, Friday, from 13h until 15h in the NL time, or from 8h until 10h in Brasília time: link to the invitation.

 

The WatMin project was UNIQUE in many different aspects. Here some few aspects:

 

o   It combined Dutch and Brazilian companies and universities using a hbo format for the first time.

o   It covered a very important topic linked to the big River Doce basin disaster.

o   It presented quite some financial challenges combining contributions from two different countries,

o   And (last but not least) it was conducted, in its good part, within COVID19 crisis.

 

Even  with all these challenges, it is possible to say that all the objectives were accomplished. And that this first experience was very positive.

 

We hope that WatMin was just the first step of many others which will follow and will provide good cooperation between Brazil and The Netherlands involving hbo institutes. Partners: HZ university of Applied Sciences, Cenibra, Berghof, NHL Stenden, SENAI and UFV, made possible by SIA and FAPEMIG.

 

 


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The Netherlands and Brazil: 20 showcases of collaboration in science, technology and innovation.
In this interesting edition, published by the Netherlands Innovation Attaché Network Brazil, you will also find the article from Cláudio Mudadu Silva (UFV) and Luewton Agostinho (Stenden) on the WatMIn project on page 19.
The Netherlands and Brazil 20 showcases
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Webinars 20-21 - Meet and Greets 21-22

October 7, 2021

Last year we organized four successful webinars on different themes (biopolymers, waste water, biofuels and competitive business advantage and sustainability). The average number of participants: 35. Especially the possibility for interaction and the expertise of the guest speakers were appreciated, according to the survey we held afterwards.

 

For 21-22 the Living Lab wants to organize meet and greets with professors from different disciplines.  More information will follow soon.


Webinar on Competitive (business) advantage

and sustainability during the pandemic.
June, 17, 2021 from 14.00 – 15.30 CEST Time (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
Living Lab Biobased Brazil is happy to invite you to the fourth webinar for everyone who is interested in transitions from public and private sectors to a resilient and low- carbon economy.
 
The program: 
  • Welcome” by Kaj Thomsson.
    “Head of Emerging Markets Programme, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University.” 
  • Introduction Way Carbon. ”Henrique Pereira: “Director - Consulting and Advisory Services at WayCarbon”
  • Competitive (business) advantage and sustainability during the pandemic – Experiences from WayCarbon in Brazil”. 
    Sandro Esposito and Judith Friess, Maastricht University.
  • “Q&A session”

A certificate of (active) participation is available on request.
 
Contact information: Margot Verwei mgp.verwei@avans.nl
Website: www.biobasedbrazil.org 
 
Apply here
 

energy efficient dwellings by circular facade renovation;  researcher internship student Ana Luíza Bitar.

April, 27 2021

Ana Luíza Bitar, a civil engineering bachelor student from Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil, is already since January 2020 in the Netherlands. She spent half a year in Groningen for the minor Urban Regeneration at Hanze UAS. Currently, she is doing her graduation internship at Zuyd UAS on the topic: Energy efficient dwellings by urban mined biomimicry-based facade renovation, as part of the Drive 0 project.

The Drive 0 project consists of the renovation of a common typology dwelling in the Netherlands in order to assemble a more energy-efficient building using waste materials from demolition. Her role in the project involves designing a new circular facade for the house, energy simulations and mock-up development. Ana focuses on reusing wood: firstly, as wood fiber insulation; secondly, as a cladding material for the ventilated façade, in which her bio-inspired design is based on the second skin of the cricket.

Regarding the insulation, it was necessary to determine if the fibers of the wood could be used as insulation material. What are the demands? Does this material, for example, meet the requirements of fire resistance?

Furthermore, to make the dwelling more energy-efficient, the façade was designed in a way that the air can circulate throughout the facade. Therefore, the dwelling is not only energy efficient, but it also coolers the building during the summertime. Interesting here is that she also researches the aging process of the wooden cladding material: is it possible to expand the lifespan of the façade by thermal treatment? How to improve the fire resistance of the wood in a circular and bio-based way?

As a final result of her internship, Ana will design an energy-neutral facade solution and a mock-up to be tested for one year in a real situation to validate the results. Moreover, she is developing an article to be published in an international journal.

Last March, Ana presented her first results at the ‘Crossing Boundaries conference. Throughout this conference, many professors, masters and PhD students from all around the world shared their projects and perspectives about the circularity in the built environment.

 

Despite the Covid-circumstances and the cold weather, Ana enjoys her stay in the Netherlands: “the well-organized public transport and the safety on the streets are impressive”. Finally, since she had the opportunity to study in the far North and far South of our country, she experiences the different dialects and cultures of our country, which she thinks is quite remarkable. 

 

Facade elements existing and Drive-0 project.
Facade elements existing and Drive-0 project.
Webinar on biopolymers

Living Lab Biobased Brazil 
April, 22, 2021 from 14.00 – 15.30 CEST Time  (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
Living Lab Biobased Brazil is happy to invite you to the third webinar for everyone who is interested in processing, behaviour, possible applications and biodegradability of biopolymers.
 
The program:
  • “Engineering interfaces in systems based on natural polymers.” Professor Rodrigo Oréfice, UFMG
  • “Plastics in the Circular Economy.”  Professor Rudy Folkersma, NHL Stenden UAS
  • “Mechanical and Biodegradation Properties of PHA-related Compounds. ”Lecturer-Researcher Corinne van Noordenne, NHL Stenden UAS
  • “ChitiPro – Towards a microbial production platform for PHA based on shrimp-waste valorization.” Lecturer-Researcher Olivier Segers, Zuyd UAS
After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for a Q & A session among the participants.
Apply here
 
Next webinar is scheduled on:
 
June, 17, 2021             14.00 – 15.30 (CEST time) (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
 
The topics for these webinars will be tuned with the partners of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil.
A certificate of participation is available on request.
 
Contact information: Margot Verwei mgp.verwei@avans.nl
Website: www.biobasedbrazil.org
 
 
 
 

Webinar on resource recovery

from waste water treatment 
February, 11, 2021, from 14.00 - 15.30 CET time (10.00 - 11.30 BRT)
After a successful first webinar on biofuels, the Living Lab Biobased Brazil is happy to invite you to this 2nd  online event for everyone who is interested in resource recovery from waste water and cooperation between The Netherlands and Minas Gerais in Brazil.

The program:
  • Wider business Opportunities for raw materials from Wastewater: bioplastics, biochar and biodiesel” (WOW Project); Professor Jappe de Best (Avans UAS)
  • “Water and Plastics: Reflexion about risks, recovery and challenges”; Professor Luewton Agostinho; (NHL Stenden, Van Hall Larenstein UAS)
  • NEREUS Interreg 2 Seas project “New energy and resources from urban sanitation”; Iarima Silva Mendonca (HZ UAS)
  • “Recell, enabling green production”; Edwin Loman (Recell)
  • “Energy potential and alternative usages of biogas and sludge from UASB reactors”: Professor André Pereira Rosa (UFV)

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for a Q &A session on biobased research topics among the participants.
Apply here
 
Next webinar is scheduled on:
 
April 22, 2021             14.00 – 15.30 CET time (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
 
The topics for these webinars will be tuned with the partners of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil

Contact information: Margot Verwei mgp.verwei@avans.nl
Website: www.biobasedbrazil.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Biobased Battle 

 

In the week of December 14, 2020, the 8th Biobased Battle took place, organized by Living Lab Biobased Brazil. This time, fully online. More than 45 students from Avans Hogeschool and Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP, Brazil) were asked to find a solution for the residual flows of rice processing (rice husks) or sugar, beer and olive oil production ( bagasse). The biobased battle works according to a pressure cook concept. On the first day, each group of 4-5 students had to come up with as many solutions as possible for one or more residual flows. On the second day, a choice was made on the basis of a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) for the best solution in their opinion. This solution was then further developed. On the last day, the groups pitched their idea to a Brazilian / Dutch Jury that consisted of Erik Lammers (province of North Brabant), Willemien van Asselt (Top Sector Agri & Food), Sergio Aquino (UFOP), Julia Mendes (UFOP) and Jappe de Best (Center of Expertise Biobased Economy). The pitches were assessed by the jury on a number of criteria such as technical feasibility, originality and market potential. In third and second place came groups who had devised a solution for the skins of rice grains. These can be used in biobased concrete or insulation mats. The group of Tim, Joanna, Samuel, Paula & Mateus was declared the unanimous winner. They opted for regional processing of bagasse from sugar and beer production into a protein bar. In addition to a nice certificate, the winning group received an offer from the province of Noord-Brabant to see whether it is possible to further develop their idea through the Brabant-wide start-up support program Braventure. A nice final to a successful week.

 

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webinar & Matchmaking events:

Next webinars are scheduled on:
 
February 11, 2021     14.00 – 15.30 CET time (10.00 – 11.30 BRT)
April 22, 2021            14.00 – 15.30 CET time (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
 
The topics for these webinars will be tuned with the partners of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil

Contact information: Margot Verwei mgp.verwei@avans.nl


Webinar & Matchmaking event Biofuels
December 10, 2020
14.00 – 15.30 CET time (10.00 – 11.30 BRT)
The Living Lab Biobased Brazil is happy to invite you to this first online event for everyone who is interested in biofuel research and cooperation between The Netherlands and Minas Gerais in Brazil.

In the past 5 years, many Brazilian and Dutch students have done innovative research on biofuels as part of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil. This also lead to some successful cooperations between research groups of Dutch and Brazilian professors. It is a good time to share these successes and to look forward to more and new cooperations in the future.

The program of the webinar consists of four presentations about innovations and solutions on biofuels.After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for matchmaking on biobased research topics among the participants.
Apply here
 
Program
14.00 – 14.10h   
Welcome by Ralph Simons, chairman Living Lab Biobased Brazil.

14.10 – 14.20h    
Pyrolysis of cashew nut shell waste: professor Qian Zhou & student/researcher Nathan Barros de Souza, Avans UAS.

14.20 – 14.30h 
UFMG's Fuel Testing Laboratory (LEC): professor Vânya Marcia Duarte Pasa.

14.30 – 14.40h    
Biodiesel produced from residual oil from the FIAT company: professor Marcela Menezes, Chemical Engineering Department PUC Minas.

14.40 – 14.50h    
Pyrolysis simulation in Aspen plus: professor Fábio de Ávila Rodrigues & student/researcher Gabriel Abreu, UFV.

14.50 – 15.20h
Q&A – matchmaking - ideas for cooperation.

15.20 – 15.30h    
Living Lab in the future: Jappe de Best, coordinator Living Lab Biobased Brazil.
Next webinars are scheduled on:
 
February 11, 2021     14.00 – 15.30 CET time (10.00 – 11.30 BRT)
April 22, 2021            14.00 – 15.30 CET time (09.00 – 10.30 BRT)
 
The topics for these webinars will be tuned with the partners of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil

Contact information: Margot Verwei mgp.verwei@avans.nl
Website: www.biobasedbrazil.org 
 


Application of wastewater treatment systems to minimize the water consumption of a pulp mill located in the Rio Doce basin (WatMin 2018-2021).

Luewton Agostinho, Ronaldo Novaes Ferreira, Water Technology group NHL Stenden.

 

The WatMin project combined a technical approach with a social science background to assess the implementation of new technologies in the pulp and paper industry. This industry is a major consumer of fresh water and energy resources, resulting in a large environmental footprint. Studies show that reducing environmental impacts by increasing water and energy efficiency in the pulp production process is essential for companies in the sector to remain competitive and sustainable.

 

Another aggravating aspect analyzed was a mining disaster that occurred in 2015, which resulted in an urgent need to reduce water use. This disaster severely affected the quality of the Rio Doce, the plant's main freshwater resource.

 

The WatMin project aimed to answer two main research questions:

The first concerns the technical, economic, and environmental benefits, risks, and impacts of implementing UF systems in three different scenarios.

The second research question concerns the favorability of governance conditions in the pulp and paper industry towards the implementation of new technology.

 

The project was unique as it was a collaboration between Dutch and Brazilian companies and universities using a HBO format and it covered a very important topic linked to the big River Doce basin disaster. However, it also brought some challenges, mainly because it was conducted, in its good part, during the COVID19 crisis.

 

 

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Senior researcher Qian Zhou tells why she is satisfied with Brazilian interns?

I graduated in Chemical Engineering (Master, 2000) and Material Science (Ph.D., 2003) at Sichuan University in China. As a senior researcher at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, my passion falls in the process of valorization of solid residual streams (biomass, waste plastics) via pyrolysis technology. That is, convert a variety of solid residual streams (biomass, waste plastics) into fuels, chemicals, and materials through pyrolysis technology; Conceptual process design and optimize pyrolysis technologies for different input streams and products (liquid, gas, carbon); Upgrade and apply of pyrolysis products. 

 

I am very satisfied with the Brazilian students involved in my projects because they are intelligent, ambitious, independent, and have solid theoretical knowledge.

 

I successfully completed my projects with nine students: We tested and obtained product yield data on a laboratory-scale auger reactor with a capacity of 300 g/h (Gustavo Menezes, João Pedro Góis Camilo ); we simulated the pyrolysis behavior of biomass (Nathan Barros de Souza); we also used an enzymatic method to upgrade the pyrolysis liquid and reduce the carboxylic acid content (Gustavo Menezes, Guilherme Alves Faria Chagas, Júlia Rodrigues, and Mithyzi Leal); Valuable compounds were extracted from biomass waste and the extraction process was simulated using Aspen Plus (Bárbara Santiago, Marina Alves Marinho). Gabriel Abreu is now working on a conceptual process design for the pyrolysis of waste plastics using Aspen Plus.

 

One of the strengths of our project is the close cooperation between applied universities, academic universities, and Dutch companies. The interns enjoy the academic freedom to solve the research questions in the project according to their own ideas. This is probably why many of them continue their studies after completing their internships. I am delighted that our "old" interns, Júlia and Gustavo, are now doing their master's degrees in Europe, and they will still be returning to our research group for a master's internship project. Mithyzi even became my colleague last year.

 

I had a fantastic experience with Living Lab Brazil. Both chemical technology and chemistry students are welcome to join my projects. My ambition is to extend the cooperation, beyond the exchange of the students, with universities and companies from Brazil.

 

 

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‘Science in trouble in Brazil’.

“Brazilian scientists are trying to combat deforestation and illegal mining, but the government is not on their side. Under Bolsonaro, the trend of cutting budgets has continued and the anti-science sentiment is spreading. How are Judith Verstegen’s fellow researchers in Brazil holding up?” Read more, Article from Stijn Schreven, February 26, 2022, Resource WUR from within, Wageningen University

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Call: ideas for webinars

One of the focus points of the Living Lab for 2022 is to organize 3 webinars with specialized subjects for professors and students to stimulate knowledge exchange and matching of Brazilian and Dutch professors with a similar research focus. If you have an idea for a topic for one of the webinars or if you would like to help us organize a webinar, please send an e-mail to the living lab team via mgp.verwei@avans.nl.

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UFMG student Rayssa Sarah about her experiences in the Netherlands.

My name is Rayssa and I am a chemical engineering student from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. I am currently in my 5th year and I'll be graduating by the middle of 2022. Doing an exchange program abroad had always been my dream. When I first knew about the Living Lab program, I decided to apply immediately!

 

The idea of doing an internship in the Netherlands sounded like a great opportunity for my personal development. It happens that my experience here is even better than I imagined. Since September of 2021, I've been working at the Centre of expertise in Biobased Economy (CoE BBE), at Avans University of Applied Sciences, on a research project regarding the valorization of sewage by producing bioplastics out of it. In my project, specifically, we are studying the anaerobic digestion of residual streams from food processing to produce volatile fatty acids which are gonna be used as feed for the bacteria that will synthesize PHA, a biodegradable and biobased plastic. 

 

What I like the most about the internship is the collaborative environment that the Centre of Expertise offers us. The autonomy and the technical support that we have made my experience a unique opportunity to develop hard and soft skills. In addition, it was a great opportunity to get to know new people from all around the world, which made this exchange even more special.

 

For those who want to experience this amazing opportunity in this beautiful and captivating country, my advice is: to practice your English and don't be afraid of following new paths in your academic period. These experiences can be challenging, but the more challenging the experience, the more we grow with it. Coming to the Netherlands with the Living Lab Brazil was the best decision I've ever made. 

 

 

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Message from Brazil.

 

My name is Yannick, a Dutch student doing my BSc in Chemistry at HZ University of Applied Sciences, with a specialization in Life Sciences. Currently, I am doing my graduation internship in Brazil, where I will stay for six months in total. I have been in Ouro Preto for three weeks now and enjoying life to the fullest!

 

Why did you choose an internship in Brazil?

The reason why I choose an internship in Brazil is that I have always loved to travel. Doing an internship abroad is one of the few opportunities in life where traveling abroad for a long period is possible. I have never been to South America, so when the Living Lab offered this internship, I grabbed it with both hands.

 

What is the subject of your internship? Can you already tell us something more about it?

I work in the lab of pathophysiology and anatomy at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP). This lab mainly focuses on research regarding the effects of specific anesthetics used in clinical practice (Ketamine, Isoflurane, Fentanyl) on organs. On top of that, this lab focuses on the evaluation of Mechanical Ventilation (a tool used in clinical practice during acute or chronic respiratory failure) on the lungs and brains.

Since I’ve only been here for a few weeks, I haven’t started my own research project. The Professor wants me to get familiar with all laboratory techniques used in the lab before starting my own project.

 

How did preparations go before your trip?

It was very hectic. A lot of documents are needed before you are allowed to enter Brazil. And I mean A LOT. Since I procrastinated a lot, it was a very stressful and chaotic few months before I left, especially since I was also doing my internship at the same time. But I believe if you start on time (unlike me :p), it is very doable.

 

What tips do you have for students who want to go to Brazil?

The first tip I have, and this is the most important one: please follow a Brazilian Portuguese course before you come here. Hardly anybody here speaks English, except for some students and Professors. I did not follow a course beforehand and had a very difficult time the first week since everything works completely differently here.

 

Secondly: save enough money for the preparations and start on time gathering the needed documents for the VISA. Literally, every document you need will cost you money to receive. On top of that, most documents need to be legalized, which, of course, also costs money. Once you are in Brazil, it’s all good though, life is very cheap here.

 

Finally, make sure you bring some good quality shoes. Unlike the Netherlands, this city (Ouro Preto) has a lot of hills. I arrived with just my sneakers, and my feet got beat up the first week. You will get used to it after two weeks though, and the hills allow for insanely beautiful views! It’s like living inside a painting.

 

 

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Webinar student exchange, March 15

The info webinar on student exchange on March the 15th was attended by 20, mainly Brazilian, students. There were talks about general information about the Living Lab, and examples of previous internships. Also, a former exchange student: Mithyzi Leal, came to talk about her experience as a research intern at Avans UAS. She is now working for the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy. The given information inspired many questions from the audience. Students were especially interested in the language requirements for Dutch internships.

If you are interested in an internship in Brazil or the Netherlands, look for more information on the website, or contact mgp.verwei@avans.nl

Deadline for application for internships in February ’23 is the 1st of November.

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Webinars 20-21 Meet and Greet 21-22

Last year we organized four successful webinars on different themes (biopolymers, waste water, biofuels and competitive business advantage and sustainability). The average number of participants: 35. Especially the possibility for interaction and the expertise of the guest speakers were appreciated, according to the survey we held afterwards.

 

For 21-22, the Living Lab wants to organize meet and greets with professors from different disciplines.  More information will follow soon.

 

 

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The Netherlands and Brazil: 20 showcases of collaboration in science, technology and innovation.

In this interesting edition, published by the Netherlands Innovation Attaché Network Brazil, you will also find the article from Cláudio Mudadu Silva (UFV) and Luewton Agostinho (Stenden) on the WatMIn project on page 19.

 

 

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Final Presentation WAT MIN project (Application of waste water treatment systems to minimize the water consumption of a pulp mill located in the Rio Doce basin)

Luewton Agostinho and Ronaldo Novaes Ferreira (Stenden/VHI) would like to invite you for a final presentation and official closing ceremony of the WatMin project. This will be on the 29th of October, Friday, from 13h until 15h in the NL time, or from 8h until 10h in Brasília time: link to the invitation.

 

The WatMin project was UNIQUE in many different aspects. Here some few aspects:

 

o   It combined Dutch and Brazilian companies and universities using a hbo format for the first time.

o   It covered a very important topic linked to the big River Doce basin disaster.

o   It presented quite some financial challenges combining contributions from two different countries,

o   And (last but not least) it was conducted, in its good part, within COVID19 crisis.

 

Even  with all these challenges, it is possible to say that all the objectives were accomplished. And that this first experience was very positive.

 

We hope that WatMin was just the first step of many others which will follow and will provide good cooperation between Brazil and The Netherlands involving hbo institutes. Partners: HZ university of Applied Sciences, Cenibra, Berghof, NHL Stenden, SENAI and UFV, made possible by SIA and FAPEMIG.

 

 

 

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Biobased Battle: October 18th to 21st 2021.

The 2021 edition of the Biobased Battle: a competition in the field of circular economy held together with students from UFOP and Avans University of Applied Sciences!

 

The competition takes place over 4 mornings (October 18th to 21st, from 8h30am to 12h30pm, Brazilian time), with mixed teams of undergraduate and master's students, Brazilian and Dutch, thinking about strategies to reuse waste, applying biobased and circular economy concepts.

 

It is an excellent event for practicing English, networking, working in multidisciplinary teams and developing creativity. All this, with a certificate of participation in an international event and 20 hours of free ATV.

 

This year, we chose to work with effluents from domestic sewage from the pulp, paper, and brewing industries. There will be an initial lecture explaining the bases of these residues given by prof. André Santos, from UFC, is a world reference on the subject.

 

 

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Results 2019 & focus 2020

Results 2019  & focus 2020

Each year we evaluate the achievements of the Living Lab Biobased Brazil. We would like to give you a brief overview.

 

In 2019 we had a total of 38 students that did their internship with the Living Lab. A total of 21 Brazilian students came to The Netherlands whereas 17 students went to Minas Gerais. This also included an internship at UFOP, a new partner of the LLB. The students rated their internship with a 7.9. We are very happy with this score. To increase the possibilities for internships and make it more flexible for professors, we changed the application procedure for students. Hopefully this will result in even more matches for internships next year. Besides students internships, we also organized a biobased battle and a guest lecture for students. To further stimulate cooperation between professors in joint research projects, an overview was made of available subsidy calls for Dutch - Brazilian research projects and for professor exchange. This already resulted in a joint research project between Avans University and UFV on the topic of pyrolysis.

 

 

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Research Marina -Avans: Cashing Cashew

``A few weeks after my arrival here in The Netherlands all establishments were closed due to the Corona crisis, including Avans. In this new situation, my supervisor and I had to adapt our approach to pursuing the objective of our project. Fortunately in this project besides laboratory work, we use the simulation software Aspen Plus and this was our main asset for keeping the project schedule on time even without access to the labs. The Cashing Cashew project aims to obtain the compound Cardanol in a high purity from the oil that is extracted from Cashew Nut Shells through pyrolysis.


During the Corona crisis, I had weekly meetings with Qian Zhou, my supervisor, and another colleague in the project, Mithyzi. In these meetings, we shared the diverse theoretical backgrounds related to the project theme and discussed the simulations that we were working on. For me, I can say that even working from home I had the opportunity to build a theoretical base for my research. I was able to work with simulations to predict various proces scenarios and calculate the thermodynamic properties of the compound Cardanol since they are not available in literature. After almost three intense months of quarantine, we are slowly getting back to our laboratory work, I am now able to confirm if the simulations that I did are right or wrong during  the experimental part of the project.``

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Research Hidila - UFV: Using biomass for energy production

There are different types of efficient approaches to improve the energy production process. The use of bioenergy, for example, is common in processing sectors that generate waste, from organic matter to agricultural waste. The conversion of biomass into energy is considered a low-carbon renewable technique and a strategic option for the production of “clean” energy. Different resources can be applied in the transformation of biomass into energy.This project aims to evaluate and simulate the thermochemical effect of different types of lignocellulosic biomass, especially sorghum. Using biomass as fuel, a simulation of an electricity generation system is being carried out, with the aid of the computer program Aspen Plus, where the fundamental principles of modeling include the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics and equations of fluid mechanics.

 

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Research Damázio UFV: HMF production from biomass

How is the pandemic affecting your work?

Although I work using a computer program, I am restricted to using the university computer because it has a license for the software used in my work. In addition, the pandemic affects the direct and daily contact with my supervisor, due to the need for social isolation. Not attending university as before, plus the unstable internet connection, affect the performance of activities, not being able to do as they were carried out before the pandemic. However, using other software and keeping communication by distance help maintain ongoing activities.

 

Project description:

The search for the reduction of the environmental impact and possible reductions in the reserves of fossil resources has encouraged the development of sustainable alternatives and technologies. In this sense, lignocellulosic biomass consisting of agro-industrial residues and organic material has been standing out as a source of raw material for obtaining valuable chemical compounds. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a chemical platform compound obtained from this biomass and used to make this connection between biomass and compounds from petroleum.

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