CHE_ALMENDRALA

MICHELLE C. ALMENDRALA, PhD
Research Coordinator, School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences

 

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, Mapua University

Phone: 247-5000 local 3301
Email: mcalmendrala@mapua.edu.ph

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

Publications

  • 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, Sheree_Pagsuyoin@uml.edu; 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