Cristian Triana's Webpage

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 3836
Email: c.triana.11@ucl.ac.uk
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Cristian Triana received both the degrees of Chemical Engineer and MSc in Chemical Engineering  in Universidad Nacional de Colombia branch Manizales in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He has worked in the biotechnology field, mainly in the ethanol production process from agro-industrial residues using microorganisms capable of consuming hexoses and pentoses simultaneously, focusing on both experimental and simulation aspects.

Research project

Title: Operation and control of bioethanol production

Supervisors: Dr Eva Sorensen and Prof Eric Fraga

The high prices of fossil fuels and the enviromental damages they have caused, have encouraged many researchers to find alternative solutions for energy generation, focusing mainly in renewable resources such as urban solid residues, wood, energy crops, grass, paper, agroindustry residues etc. Many countries have  invested a lot of time and money in the search for new routes of production of high added value metabolites, such as for instance ethanol which is considered in this work. This PhD project is directed to evaluate some of the most notorious problems in the production of ethanol at industrial scale (e.g. yield, heat integration, operating costs, residence time etc). This work will also consider the dynamics of the process and the energy integration between the different stages, e.g. pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation and product recovery. This is a relatively "unknown" field since most of the current research is dedicated only to considering the specific stages of the entire process and not the overall plant.


  • "Fransisco Jose de Caldas" Scholarship for PhD studies abroad, 2011.
  • "Universidad Nacional de Colombia" scholarship for outstanding postgraduate students, 2009 - 2010.

Selected Publications

Cristian Fernando Triana Caranton, Julian Andres Quintero, Roberto A Agudelo, Carlos Ariel Cardona Alzate, Juan Carlos Higuita Vasquez, "Analysis of coffee cut-stems (CCS) as raw material for fuel ethanol production" Energy Journal. v.36 p.4182 - 4190, 2010.

Book chapter:

uan Carlos Higuita Vasquez, Carlos Ariel Cardona Alzate, Juan Pablo Mariscal Moreno, Javier Mauricio Naranjo Vasco, Cristian Fernando Triana Caranton, "Estandarización y selección de microorganismos de interés para la producción de bioetanol" Avances Investigativos En La Producción De Biocombustibles En Colombia . In: Colombia  ISBN: 978-958-44-5261-0-  ed: Tizan Ltda , p.147 - 169, 2009.

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