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Erika Cristina Francisco

Erika Francisco
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (Microalgae Biotechnology) and experience in Biorefinery, Environmental Indicators Analysis, System Dynamics Modeling.


My name is Erika Francisco. I am originally from Brazil, where I have completed my bachelor degree in Technologist in Environmental Sanitation and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, specifically with biorefineries for reuse and valuation of wastewater for the production of bioproducts from microalgae. I worked as a university professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at University of Passo Fundo for three years and, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “Food-Energy-Water Nexus Governance” by the University of Campinas and Belmont Forum. In SLU, I am working as Postdoctoral Researcher in sustainable sanitation systems dynamics modelling at Department of Energy and Technology. 


Three years experience as a professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Passo Fundo, coordinating research about biorefinery.


Systems Dynamic modelling for Kretsloppsteknik.


Graduated in Technology in Environmental Sanitation - University of Campinas/UNICAMP (2003-2007).

Master's degree in Chemical Engineering - University of Campinas/UNICAMP (208-2010). Studies directed to photosynthetic systems aiming at CO2 mitigation, biomass and biodiesel production from different strains of microalgae.

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering - University of Campinas/UNICAMP (2010-2014). Thesis based on heterotrophic systems (cyanobacterium/microalgae) using wastewater as a culture medium, aiming at the valuation of residues and the implementation of systems based on biorefinery.

Postdoctoral fellow (2019 - 2021) - Innovation Management in Food Sustainable Systems, in the School of Applied Sciences - UNICAMP, specifically with analysis of social and environmental indicators in predictive scenarios through System Dynamics modeling at WASTE FEW (Food-Energy-Water) SP ULL (São Paulo In Natura Lab), FAPESP/Belmont Forum Consortium.

Selected publications

Food-energy-water (FEW) nexus: Sustainable food production governance through system dynamics modelling journal of cleaner production. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION , v. 386, p. 135825, 2023.

Comparing Societal Impact Planning and Evaluation Approaches across Four Urban Living Labs (in Food-Energy-Water Systems). Sustainability , v. 15, p. 8357, 2023.

Food, Energy and Water Nexus: An Urban Living Laboratory Development for Sustainable Systems Transition. Sustainability , v. 14, p. 7163, 2022.

Nitrogen Starvation of Assessment in the Production of Single Cell Oils and Biodiesel Quality in Heterotrophic Cultures of Cyanobacteria Phormidium autumnale. Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, v. 9, p. 1-7, 2019.

Cassava processing wastewater as a platform for third generation biodiesel production. SCIENTIA AGRICOLA , v. 73, p. 412-416, 2016.

Third Generation Biodiesel Production from Microalgae Phormidium autumnale. BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING , v. 33, p. 427-433, 2016. 

From waste-to-energy: the process integration and intensification for bulk oil and biodiesel production by microalgae. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering , v. 3, p. 482-487, 2015.

 Assessment of different carbohydrates as exogenous carbon source in cultivation of cyanobacteria. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering (Print) , v. 36, p. 1986-2013, 2014.

Produção de biodiesel de terceira geração a partir de microalgas. Ciencia Rural , v. 00, p. 00-00, 2014.

Microalgae as feedstock for biodiesel production: Carbon dioxide sequestration, lipid production and biofuel quality. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (1986) , p. n/a-n/a, 2010.




Postdoctor at the Department of Energy and Technology; Environmental Engineering Unit
Telephone: +46730484544
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala