We are a research group at the University of Lleida that develops and transfers technology in the field of the bio-economy
The DBA center brings together a group of researchers from different scientific areas such as: chemistry, biology, pharmacy,agricultural engineering and science and food technology.
The DBA center is located at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at the College of Agricultural Engineering, at the University of Lleida. It is equipped with the proper instrumentation and access to the necessary techniques to develop the different processes provided by the center.
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The project aims at the development of bioplastics from renewable resources (mainly agro-food waste), as well as the establishment of a value chain that includes the study of its subsequent treatment (methanization and composting) from a point of view of circular economy.

Within the framework of the Bioplast project, according to Action 3 “Evaluation of biodegradable plastics and current market trends” and within it, according to activity 3.1 “Evaluation and study of the different waste streams of the agricultural sector for the manufacture of PHAs” a report (deliverable 3.1.1) was prepared including  the data collected by the partners of the project in the Spanish part of the POCTEFA zone, about the different agricultural and domestic waste with potential use as raw material in the production of bioplastics. Data on the type of waste, total volume produced, spatial distribution (map of waste sites) and chemical characteristics were included.

On the other hand, last July, 2018, the DBA center took part in the consortium meeting that took place in Girona (Spain) where the activities of the project were monitored, among them the analysis of the information compiled by the  project partners related to activity 3.1. As a result, it was decided that the most suitable residues to be used in the production of PHAs were those from the production of sunflower oil and the residues of wheat and barley straw.




Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER)




Dissemination in Colombia: On November 7th 2018, a conference on the Bioplast project was held at the University of Tolima (Ibagué, Colombia). The talk was conducted by Edinson Yara Varón and was addressed to students (undergraduate and doctoral) and professors who are part of the Research Group in Chemistry of Natural Products of the University of Tolima (GIPRONUT). In the talk, the project was presented and the results obtained so far on activity 3.1 in relation to agricultural by-products with potential to be used in the production of PHAs were shown.









Videoconference: Within the work of dissemination of the activities carried out by the Center DBA-UdL, a videoconference addressed to professors and researchers of the degree in environmental engineering and the Institute of Microbiology and Agroindustrial Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Manizales (Colombia). The Videoconference was conducted by Mercè Balcells on 8th November 2018 and its main objective was to publicise the activities carried out by the DBA-UdL Centre, including the development of the Bioplast project and its implications within the sphere of the circular economy.

Convocatoria POCTEFA 2017
Comprehensive Agrofood Biomass Valorization (MINECO/FEDER, CTQ2015-70982-C3-1-R)

The food industry in Europe produces about 230 million t/year of waste and by-products. APRIBA is designed to develop processes and methodologies focused on the transformation of by-products and wastes from various sources into added value products. We contribute to the development of a low carbon economy using a cascade approach. Commercial products such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, glycogen or biogas, and new compounds that can be used as antimicrobials, fuel additives, eutectic solvents, polymers and in thermal energy storage materials will be prepared using various components of the biomass.
Biotechnology will be one of the crosscutting technologies used in the project. The hydrolysis of proteins and chitin will be performed using biocatalysts, which will lead to peptides and amino sugars. Biocatalysts will also be used to separate fatty acids with different degrees of saturation, to prepare pure glycogen and to synthesize sugar esters. The economic feasibility of the new proposed approaches will also be studied in the framework of the project.
The project is committed to being an actor in the Bio-economy, which aims to carry out a sustainable development through:
a) Adding value to wastes from the agro-food industry
b) The contribution to a transition into an economy and society involved in the use of low carbon footprint products.
c) The contribution to slow down climate change.

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MINECO/FEDER (CTQ2015-70982-C3-1-R)


Anna Canela-XandriMercè BalcellsGemma VillorbinaPaul Christou and Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Molecules. 202025, 11, 2511.

Paulo Torres, Mercè BalcellsEnrique Cequier and Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Molecules. 2020, 25, 9, 2157.


Jordi Eras Joli, Chemistry Department, ETSEA, TCEM Scientific Technical Services
DBA-UdL R+D Tecnio Center, University of Lleida, 25198-Lleida, Spain.    https://atlasofscience.org/

Tiago R. Silva, Ramon Canela-Garayoa, Jordi Eras, Marili V. N. Rodrigues, Fábio N. dos Santos, Marcos N. Eberlin, Iramaia A. Neri-Numa, Glaucia M. Pastore, Renata S. N. Tavares, Hosana M. Debonsi, Lorena R. G. Cordeiro, Luiz H. Rosa, Valéria M. Oliveira. ANTON. LEEUW. INT. J. G. 112, 3479–490

Antoni Delpino-Rius, Jordi Eras, Ferran Gatius, Mercè Balcells, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Molecules 2019, 24, 3289.

Enrique Cequier, Johanna Aguilera, Mercè Balcells, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery , 9, 241–252.


Presentation of: “Synthesis ...
On the 10th of march of 2017 we presented this work of Canela-Xadri, Anna; Villorbina Gemma;...
Conference “Towards the cir ...
Ramon Canela presents the speech: “Recovery and utilization of by-products of the food industry” within the...
Gemma Villorbina presented the speech: “The bioeconomy: a strategy for the future” at the conference “The...
Collaborative Project
Collaborative Project with companies granted under the “Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación orientada a...
Research Project
Research Project granted under the “Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación orientada a los Retos...
The DBA center participates in the only project approved  in the province of Lleida under the framework  of Nuclis’ call open by ACCIO in  2015
The DBA center participates in the only project approved in the province of Lleida under the framework of Nuclis’ call open by ACCIO in 2015
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