Bárbara Freitas, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research interests are shared between the sustainable biotechnological processes that microalgae can execute to produce different products, biological wastewater treatment, and food science. 

Selected Publications

  • Progress in the Physicochemical Treatment of Microalgae Biomass for Value-added Product Recovery. Costa, J. A. V., Freitas, B.C.B., Moraes, L., Zaparoli, M., Morais, M. G. Bioresource Technology, (2020)
  • Microalgal biorefinery from CO2 and the effects under the Blue Economy. Costa, J. A. V., Freitas, B.C.B., Lisboa, C. R., Santos, T. D., Brusch, L. R. F., Morais, M. G. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, (2019)
  • Innovative polyhydroxybutyrate production by Chlorella fusca grown with pentoses. Cassuriaga, A. P. A., Freitas, B.C.B., Morais, M. G., Costa, J.A.V. Bioresource Technology, (2018)
  • Pentoses and light intensity increase the growth and carbohydrate production and alter the protein profile of Chlorella minutissima. Freitas, B.C.B., Cassuriaga, A.P.A., Morais, M.G., Costa, J.A.V. Bioresource Technology, (2017)
  • Chlorella minutissima cultivation with CO2 and pentoses: Effects on kinetic and nutritional parameters. Freitas, B.C.B., Morais, M.G., Costa, J.A.V. Bioresource Technology, (2017).
  • Nitrogen balancing and xylose addition enhances growth capacity and protein content in Chlorella minutissima cultures. Freitas, B.C.B., Esquível, M.G., Matos, R.G., Arraiano, C.M., Morais, M.G., Costa, J.A. V., 2016. Bioresource Technology, (2016)
  • Development of powdered food with the addition of Spirulina for food supplementation of the elderly population. Santos, T. D., Freitas, B. C. B., Moreira, J.B., Zanfonato, K., Costa, J. A. V.Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, (2016) 

Education

  • Ph.D., Food Science and Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil, 2016.
  • M.Sc., Food Science and Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil, 2012.
  • B.Sc., Food Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil, 2009. 

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil
  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2019-2020: Postdoctoral fellow, Federal University of Tocantins, Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

Research Interests Keywords

Microalgae biotechnology Biological Co2 fixation Food science