Dr. Flávio Baleeiro


Flávio C F Baleeiro

Department of Microbial Biotechnology
Working Group Microbiology of Anaerobic Systems
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

in cooperation with

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ)
Torgauer Str. 116, 04347 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 2434-577


 Research Interests

I want to develop and scale up a biorefinery process that will make current fossil-based chemical platforms obsolete.

To reach that goal I am particularly interested in

  • mixotrophic microbial communities;
  • bioreactor designs;
  • biological carbon fixation with H2 and waste gases; and
  • development of downstream processing strategies for extracting bio-based chemicals.

CV / Scientific Career

Since 07/2022


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany

Process development for the production, extraction, and valorization of carbon-negative carboxylates.

Scale-up of anaerobic fermentation of biomass.

Analysis and application of mixotrophic microbial communities.

04/2020 - 02/2021

Research assistant

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

Supervisor in the “bioprocess engineering practical course” for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees of the chemical engineering faculty.

04/2018 - 09/2022

PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Scholarship CAPES (Brazilian Ministry of Education).

Topic: Anaerobic fermentation merging the carboxylate and syngas platforms – Harnessing the potential of mixotrophic communities.

Supervisors: Dr. Heike Sträuber, Dr. Anke Neumann, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Syldatk.

In cooperation with the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ).


Adjunct Professor of Industrial Chemistry (non-tenure track lecturer)

Federal Institute of Goiás (IFG), Goiânia Campus, Brazil

Full-time lecturer with a temporary contract. Lectured courses: Unit Operations, Corrosion, Kinetics and Reactors, Transport Phenomena and Industrial Biotechnology


Industrial Master's in Refining, Petrochemicals and Gas

Centro Superior de Formación Repsol, Madrid, Spain

Fundación Carolina Scholarship.

2008 - 2014

Chemical Engineering

Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil


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