Rodrigo Morales

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Rodrigo Morales

Current research:

Major: PhD, Bioresource Science and Engineering
Advisor: Renata Bura

My purpose is to acquire the knowledge and tools that allow me to contribute to the development of the bioenergy field in Chile through the design and improvement of the productive processes of biofuels obtained from alternative energy cultivation in the forest and farming fields, especially concerning the lignocellulosic waste.

Considering the progressive exhaustion of the fossil energy sources, the environmental impacts caused by humans through its use and the lack of diversification of the Chilean energy matrix, I am focusing my PhD studies in the field of renewable energies, particularly in obtaining biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic wastes (forestry and agricultural) or energy crops, since I think that both types of cultivation – forestry and agricultural - used for food production and forest purposes respectively, should not focus on bioenergy production.

Topics of interest: Renewable Energy, Bioenergy, Biofuels, Biosystems, Biomaterials, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental and Natural Resources

Education: 

2000 – 2005 Wood Engineering (professional degree equivalent to five years of University Education), University of Chile. Chile.

2000 – 2003 Bachelor's Degree in Wood Sciences (Academic Degree), University of Chile. Chile.

Projects

2005 – 2007 Thesis “Liquid media culture to development of white rot fungi inoculum applied in Kraft biopulping” http://www.cybertesis.cl/tesis/uchile/2006/morales_r/sources/morales_r.pdf

2008 – 2009 Project Manager in transfer technology in project titled “Application of white rot fungi on Kraft biopulping of hardwood fiber”

2009 – 2010 Project Designer  “Production of Shiitake from lignocellulosic waste from urban trees pruning in the commune La Pintana, Santiago, Chile”
http://www.forestaluchile.cl/shiitake/vinculos.htm

Publications:

Javier Gonzalez, Ricardo Silva and Rodrigo Morales: “Biopulping, the future. Experiences in Pine and Eucalyptus sp.” Virtual Platform Dspace University of Talca, Chile. Available from April 2009 to December 2011. Link http://dspace.utalca.cl/handle/1950/6265

Awards and honors:

Fulbright-CONICYT Scholarship (4 years).