Maria Teresa Cesário
Post-Doc Researcher

Research Activities
• Biological production of biomaterials (polyhydroxyalkanoates; PHAs) and biochemicals (xylitol and xylonic acid) from the carbohydrate fraction of lignocellulosic and macroalgal biomass.
• Operation of bench–scale bioreactors in batch, fed-batch and in continuous mode.
• Physicochemical and enzymatic hydrolysis of the carbohydrate fraction in lignocellulosic and macroalgal biomass to monosaccharides.
• Cascade biorefinery of macroalgal biomass towards the valorization of the different fractions.
• Extraction methods using green solvents: design and optimization.

Selected Publications
Cesário MT, da Fonseca, MMR, Marques MM, de Almeida, MCMD (2018) Marine algal carbohydrates as carbon sources for the production of biochemicals and biomaterials. Biotechnol Adv. 36: 798-817, doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2018.02.006

Raposo RS, de Almeida MCMD, da Fonseca MMR, Cesário MT (2017) Feeding strategies for tuning Poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) monomeric composition and productivity using Burkholderia sacchari, Int J Biol Macromol. 105: 825-833,doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.07.111

Raposo RS, de Almeida MCMD, de Oliveira MCMA, da Fonseca MMR, Cesário, MT (2017) A Burkholderia sacchari cell factory: production of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate, xylitol and xylonic acid from xylose-rich sugar mixtures. New Biotechnol. 34: 12-22. doi:10.1016/j.nbt.2016.10.001

Rosengart A, Cesário MT, de Almeida MCMD, Raposo RS, Espert A, Diaz de Apodaca E, da Fonseca, MMR (2015) Efficient P(3HB) extraction from Burkholderia sacchari cells using non-chlorinated solvents. Biochem. Eng. J., 103: 39-46. doi:10.1016/j.bej.2015.06.013

Cesário MT, Raposo RS, de Almeida MCMD, van Keulen F, Ferreira BS, Telo JP and da Fonseca MMR (2014) Production of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) by Burkholderia sacchari using wheat straw hydrolysates and gamma-butyrolactone. Int. J. Biol. Macromol., 71: 59-67. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2014.04.054

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