Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Diliman
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering,
Mapúa University

Phone: 247-5000 local 3301

Honors and Awards

  • Best Thesis Adviser - Undergraduate Level, Co-digestion of Distillery Wastewater and Sugarcane Press Mud for Enhanced biogas Production, 2018
  • PAEF-Fulbright Grant: Fulbright Advanced Research and University Lecturing Program Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, September 2009- February 2010   
  • ERDT Visiting Professor Program Grant for Dr. Shang-Tian Yang, Ohio State University, USA: Seminar on Production of biofuel and biochemical from plant biomass: Production of Butyric Acid and Butanol from Biomass and  Open Forum on the Importance of Industry-University- Government Collaboration in Reducing Cost of R&D; 2009
  • Post-Graduate Studies Program Grant,   University of New South Wales; The School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; July 1996 – November 1996 
  • Mapua Institute of Technology ChE-ChM Alumni Association Scholarship, 1989 -1993
  • Recipient, DOST-Engineering and Science Education Program Scholarship, 1994 -1997


Research Interest

  • Waste to energy conversion:
  • Anaerobic digestion of distillery wastewater and  sugarcane press mud for biogas production
  • Utilization of corn cobs, sugarcane molasses and other agro-industrial wastes for biofuel production such as bioethanol and biobutanol
  • Water and wastewater treatment by  ultrafiltration, electrocoagulation and advanced oxidation
  • Ultrafiltration for  food and beverage applications – i.e., fruit juice and wine clarification
  • Downstream processing of fermentation process by pervaporation
  • Biofuel, green chemicals, and bio-fertilizer production using agro-industrial waste materials, food waste and other biomass through biochemical and thermochemical process.
  • Utilization of sugarcane molasses for the production of antioxidant-rich food supplement


  • Recovery of Butanol From ABE Mixture Using Pervaporation Hollow Fiber Contained-Liquid Membrane; Michelle C. Almendrala1, Shang Tian-Yang2     1School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry,  Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines.  2Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. ; Separations Division: Challenging Separations: In Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development, 2011 AICHE Conference Proceedings ISBN 978-0-8169-1070-0
  • Recycling Biobutanol Spent Broth by Ultrafiltration; Michelle C. Almendrala1, Shang Tian-Yang2 1School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry,   Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines. 2Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. ; Environmental Division: Pretreatment/Treatment of Industrial Wastewater for Reuse; 2011 AIChE Conference Proceedings ISBN 978-0-8169-1070-0    
  • Solving Philippine Environmental and Energy Problems through Membrane Science and Technology; Michelle C. Almendrala; General Assembly of the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education on May 26, 2009, Manila, Philippines; Audience: Educators and Industry Stakeholders; Published in FUSION, Vol. VII December 2010, ISSN No. 2012-4376
  • Modeling Permeate Flux in Ultrafiltration of Non-Newtonian Polysaccharide Solutions; Michelle C. Almendrala1, Shang Tian-Yang2 1School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry,   De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. 2Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Ohio State University,Columbus, Ohio, USA. ; 20th Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering Conference Proceedings 2013
  • Multi-Criterion Decision Making for Selecting Municipal Wastewater Treatment Technology, Michael Angelo Promentilla, Aileen Huelgas, Michelle Almendrala, De La Salle University; 2014 Regional Conference on Chemical Engineering, AUN-SEED NET Conference Proceedings Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Ultrafiltration Flux of Dilute Molasses Solution; Michelle C. Almendrala, Gerald Ang, Edmar Bernades, Cedrick Ong, De La Salle University;  2015 AUNSEED Annual Conference Proceedings, Hanoi Vietnam
  • Water disinfection using moringa protein adsorbed on rice husk ash; Sheree A. Pagsuyoin,*1 Michelle Almendrala,2 Kathleen B. Aviso,2 Florinda T. Bacani,2 John R. Barajas,2 Aileen Huelgas-Orbecido,2 Jana S. Latayan,3 Michael Angelo B. Promentilla,1 Luis F. Razon,1 Joost R. Santos,4 Raymond R. Tan2    1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA 2Chemical Engineering Department, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines 3Acto, -Boxborough Regional High School, Acton, MA 01720, USA, 4Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA,; Chemical Engineering Transactions, Vol 52, 2016, AIDIC ISBN 978-88-95608-42-6
  • Quality Improvement of PhilRice “Tapuy” (Rice Wine) by Ultrafiltration Hollow Fiber Membrane; 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota Conference Proceedings