Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (24/11/2012 02.25)

Anaerobic digestion of dedicated crops and possibility to improve biodegradability by biomass pre-treatments.

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The candidate will choose some dedicated crop biomasses cultivated in the field experiment based on the agronomic characteristics and dry biomass yield. Selected biomasses will be characterized by physical-chemical analysis (ST, SV, ash, TOC, TKN, C/N, proteins, lipids, structural carbohydrates). Then they will be subjected to physical-chemical pre-treatments (steam explosion, microwave, NaOH), in order to increase their biodegradability. Pre-treatment effectiveness will be evaluated by quantification of released sugars and inhibitors and through anaerobic incubation. The incubation will be carried out under mesophilic conditions at standard organic load. Gasses (i.e. CH4, CO2, H2) produced during the digestion will be quantified by microGC analysis and the balance of the process will be assessed by specific analysis (i.e. volatile fatty acids, alkalinity, pH).

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Research Fields

Agricultural sciences - Agricultural products

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Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
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Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
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Public research
Bologna - Italy