Optimization of feedstock blends to improve biodiesel cost effectiveness and manage environmental impacts

Carla Caldeira

University of Coimbra

Carla Caldeira holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2017), an MSc on Environmental Science and Technology (University of Lisbon, 2009) and a Degree in Technological Chemistry (University of Lisbon 2001). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at ADAI-LAETA working on the development of Life-Cycle Sustainability Assessment of bioenergy systems. In the past she worked as a researcher in Heterogeneous Catalysis at Instituto Superior Técnico / University Pierre et Marie Curie (2001-2002), Senior Technical Specialist - Chemical Analyst at INCM (2002-2012) and researcher at SIM - CCIAM, Climate Change Impact, Adaptation & Mitigation at Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon (2010-2012). She was also a visiting researcher at MIT for a year. Her research interests include Life Cycle Assessment, Water footprint, Uncertainty in LCA, Multi-Objective Optimization, Blending Models, Bioenergy Systems, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment.


The controversy raised around biofuels sustainability increased the pressure on biodiesel producers to be as cost efficient as possible and, simultaneously, ensure the sustainability of the biodiesel. As about 85% of biodiesel... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Carla Caldeira (University of Coimbra)
  2. Elsa Olivetti (Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  3. Randolph E. Kirchain (Materials Systems Laboratory, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  4. Lui­s Dias (INESC-Coimbra and Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra)
  5. Fausto Freire (ADAI, University of Coimbra)

Topic Areas

• Sustainable energy systems , • Decision support methods and tools


ThS-17 » Sustainable energy systems 4 - Bioenergy (11:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room H)

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