UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Dr Max Cardenas-Fernandez

Post-doctoral Research Associate


  • PhD in Biotechnology, Autonoma de Barcelona University, Spain (2009-2012)
  • Pharmacist, Major National University of San Marcos, Peru (2000-2005)

Research Interests

Max’s main research interest is in the field of Biorefineries. He is working on the project “Bio-derived feedstocks for sustainable, UK-based manufacture of pharmaceuticals and their intermediates (EP/K014897/1)” using sugar beet pulp as feedstock. He is developing new strategies for biofractionation using a continuous membrane bioreactor. He is also working on the separation of monosaccharides by using liquid-liquid chromatography, optimisation and scale-up of biocatalytic processes.

He is also supporting PhDs students related to the feedstock project and teaching on a course Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries.

Max also has experience on upstream bioprocessing, protein downstream processing, biocatalysts immobilisation and heterogeneous biocatalysis.

Selected Publications

Cárdenas-Fernández M, Khalikova E, Korpela T, López C, Álvaro G. Co-immobilised aspartase and transaminase for high-yield synthesis of L-phenylalanine. Biochemical Engineering Journal 2015, 93: 173–178.

Casablancas A, Cárdenas-Fernández M, Álvaro G, Benaiges MD, Caminal G, De Mas C, González G, López C, López-Santín J. New ammonia lyases and amine transaminases: Standarization of production process and preparation of immobilized biocatalysts. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology 2013, 16(3): 1-13.

Cárdenas-Fernández M, Neto W, López C, Álvaro G, Tufvesson P, Woodley JM. Immobilization of Escherichia coli containing ω-transaminase activity in LentiKats®. Biotechnology Progress 2012, 28(3): 693-698.

Cárdenas-Fernández M, López C, Álvaro G, López-Santín J. Immobilized L-aspartate ammonia-lyase from Bacillus sp. YM55-1 as biocatalyst for highly concentrated L-aspartate synthesis. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 2012, 35(8):1437-1444.

Cárdenas-Fernández M, López C, Álvaro G, López-Santín J. L-phenylalanine synthesis catalyzed by immobilized aspartate aminotransferase. Biochemical Engineering Journal 2012, 63:15-21.

Cárdenas AM, Tataje LA, Florentini EA, Peña CG, Carranza E. Protein and lipid oxidation in guinea pig brain during acute high altitude exposure (4540 m). Ciencia e Investigación 2012; 15(1): 36-41.

Cataño AH, Cueva JL, Cárdenas AM, Izaguirre V, Zavaleta AI, Carranza EA, Hernández AF. Distribution of paraoxonase-1 gene polymorphisms and enzyme activity in a Peruvian population. Environmental Molecular Mutagenesis. 2006, 47(9): 699-706.