ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

The organizational structure of UDT is presided by a Board of Directors and an Executive Management, on which the R&D, Biomaterials and Bioenergy Departments depend, and a Management that has the following departments: Administration, Technology Management, Technical Assistance, Maintenance, Operation and Laboratories. The Scientific Committee meets monthly to define strategies and action plans, referring to scientific, academic and training fields, mainly.

WORK TEAM

UDT is composed of investigators, professionals and technicians from different areas of expertise in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE

Dr. Alex Berg, Executive Director
 / +56 41 266 1811

Lines of research:

  • Delignification processes in acetic acid medium.
  • Extraction and use of polyphenols (tannins) from pine bark.
  • Design and development of technologies associated with forest biorefineries.

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Prof. Alfredo Gordon, Deputy Director
 / +56 41 220 4534

Lines of research:

  • Coal and biomass conversion processes.
  • Heterogeneous catalysis applied to energy conversion processes and pollution mitigation.

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RESEARCH DEPARTMENTS

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Álvaro Maldonado, Head of Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1814

Lines of research:

  • Extrusion and injection of wood-plastic composites.
  • Biodegradable plastics for various industrial applications.
  • Thermoplastic nanocomposites with active properties.

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PRINCIPAL RESEARCHERS

Prof. Dietrich von Baer, Principal Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 220 3749

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Dr. Alex Berg, Principal Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1811

Lines of research:

  • Delignification processes in acetic acid medium.
  • Extraction and use of polyphenols (tannins) from pine bark.
  • Design and development of technologies associated with forest biorefineries.

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ASSOCIATE RESEARCHERS

Prof. Carola Vergara, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Claudia Mardones, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. José Becerra, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 220 7475

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Prof. Miguel Angel Pereira, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1013

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Dr. Andy Pérez, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Dra. Claudia Pérez, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Carolina Gómez, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Edgar Pastene, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Ramalinga Mangalaraja, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Dr. Saddys Rodríguez, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 220 1216

Lines of research:

  • Biodegradable polymer nanocomposites.
  • Synthetic polymeric nanocomposites with medical applications.
  • Films based on natural polymers and active plant extracts with sleep-cosmetic applications.
  • Essential micronutrients encapsulated in natural polymers to be used as dietary supplements.

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Prof. Manuel Meléndrez, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

Prof. Mauricio Pradena, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Miquel Martorell, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

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Prof. Vicente Hernández, Associate Researcher, Biomaterials Department

RESEARCHERS AND ENGINEERS

Dr. Gustavo Cabrera, Researcher, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1819

Dra. Cecilia Fuentealba, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1805

Líneas de investigación:

  • Wood technology.
  • Recovery of lignocellulosic by-products.
  • Commercially valuable chemical compounds from lignocellulosic biomass.

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Juan Carlos Carrasco Prado, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1806

Lines of research:

  • Biodegradable compounds.
  • Biodegradable additives and masterbatch.
  • Biodegradable plastics with functional properties.

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Dr. Cristian Miranda, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1818

Lines of research:

  • Thermoplastic nanocomposites.
  • Antimicrobial polymers.
  • Polymers with photocatalytic activity.

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Dr. Patricia Castaño, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1867

Lines of research:

  • Elastomeric compounds with sustainable additives.
  • Recycled rubber from NFU composites with thermoplastics.

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Néstor Urra, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1868

Lines of research:

  • Development of biomaterials from biodegradable resins.
  • Development of biodegradable products to be used in the forest industry.
  • Development of biodegradable materials to be used in the agricultural industry.

Catalina Castillo, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1812

Felipe Sanhueza, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1812

Débora Pino, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1865

Carolina Olivari, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1840

Lines of work:

  • Head of Pilot Plants, Biomaterials Department.
    • Transformation processes of thermoplastic materials, such as:
    • Extrusion or composite materials.
    • Blow extrusion.
    • Injection.

Felipe Guzmán, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1903

Juan Cea, Project Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1839

José Fuentes, Project Engineer, Head of Pilot Plants, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1863

Lines of work:

  • Head of Pilot Plants, Biomaterials Department.
    • Design, construction and assembly of pilot plants.
    • Chemical process scaling.

Giovanni Ponce, Engineer, Biomaterials Department
 / +56 41 266 1902

Gastón Bravo, Engineer, Biomaterials Department

Ramón Tobosque, Support Engineer, Biomaterials Department

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Dr. Cristina Segura, Head of Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 266 1804

Lines of research:

  • Thermochemical processes of biomass conversion.
  • Energy densification of biomass.
  • Biocrude production as petroleum substitute.

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PRINCIPAL RESEARCHERS

Prof. Alfredo Gordon, Principal Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 4534

Lines of research:

  • Coal and biomass conversion processes.
  • Heterogeneous catalysis applied to energy conversion processes and pollution mitigation.

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Prof. Igor Wilkomirsky, Principal Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 7047

Lines of research:

  • Design of chemical and metallurgical reactors.
  • Process design.
  • Process kinetics.

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Prof. Claudio Zaror, Principal Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 3659

Lines of research:

  • Advanced electrooxidation of effluents.
  • Modeling of bioprocesses.
  • Life cycle assessment of processes and products.
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Dr. Luis Arteaga, Principal Researcher, Bioenergy Department

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ASSOCIATE RESEARCHERS

Prof. Alejandro Karelovic, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department

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Prof. Romel Jiménez, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 4534

Lines of research:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis.
  • Kinetics of Chemical Reactions.
  • Combustion and Gasification.

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Prof. Néstor Escalona, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 4324

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Dr. Catherine Tessini, Department of Chemistry of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Associate Investigator, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 32 265 4521

Lines of research:

  • Characterization of pyrolytic liquids.
  • Development of analytical methodologies applied to biofuels.

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Prof. Ljubisa Radovic, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 220 3654

Lines of research:

  • Properties and applications of carbonaceous (bio)materials.
  • Sustainable use of fossil fuels.
  • Surface chemistry of graphenes.

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Dr. Yannay Casas, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department

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Prof. Daniel Travieso, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department

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Dr. Marion Carrier, Associate Researcher, Bioenergy Department

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RESEARCHERS AND ENGINEERS

Dr. Mauricio Flores, Project Engineer, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 266 1832

Lines of research:

  • Combustion and co-combustion of biomass.
  • Biomass energy densification.
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Dr. Po Shan Poon, Project Engineer, Hybrid and Carbon Materials Group, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 266 1905

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Niels Müller, Project Engineer, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 266 1833

Lines of research:

  • Fast pyrolysis of biomass.
  • Upgrading of bio-oil.
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Héctor Grandón, Project Engineer, Bioenergy Department
 / +56 41 266 1848

Lines of research:

  • Head of Bioenergy Pilot Plants.
  • Scaling of Thermochemical Processes.

Víctor Ferrer, Engineer, Bioenergy Department
/ +56 41 266 1810

Tamara Menares, Support Engineer, Bioenergy Department

MANAGEMENT

Gisela Vergara, General Manager
 / +56 41 266 1849

DIVISIONS

María de la Luz Morales, Technology Manager, Technology Management Division
 / +56 41 266 1857

Christopher Pihan, Technology Manager, Technology Management Division
 / +56 41 266 1808

Carla Pérez, Head of Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 266 1816

Lines of research:

  • Management systems associated with environment, chemicals and hazardous waste.
  • Environmental assessments on the use of natural resources and pollution mitigation.
  • Waste recovery from the forest industry.
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Carolina Llanos, Project Engineer, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 220 7352

Lines of research:

  • Management systems associated with hazardous waste.
  • Study of recycling alternatives and waste reuse.

Ximena Matus, Project Engineer, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 266 1817

Lines of research:

  • Waste recovery from the forest industry.
  • Environmental management systems associated with chemicals.
  • Environmental assessment on the use of chemicals

Alejandra Pérez, Project Engineer, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 266 1841

Lines of research:

  • Waste recovery from the forest industry.

Andrea Verdugo, Engineer, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 266 1842

Lines of research:

  • Chemicals management.

Constanza Barrera, Engineer, Technical Assistance Division
/ +56 41 266 1898

Valeria Matamala, Operator, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 220 7352

Paulina Ocampo, Support Technician, Technical Assistance Division
/ +56 41 266 1858

Tomás Jara, Support Technician, Technical Assistance Division

Marcelo Finsterbusch, Sales Executive, Analytical Service Laboratory, Technical Assistance Division
 / +56 41 266 1821

Patricia Olivera, Head of Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1821

Yael Guzmán, Head of Analytical Services Laboratory
/ +56 41 266 1891

Carmen Pradenas, Chemical Analyst, Head of Thermoplastic Materials Laboratory, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1824

Lines of work:

  • Head of Thermoplastic Materials Laboratory.
    • Development of thermoplastic compounds.
    • Thermal analysis by TGA- DSC polymers.
    • Capillary rheology and polymer rheometry.

Johana Sanzana, Chemical Analyst, Head of Biomaterials Laboratory, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1823

Lines of work:

  • Head of Biomaterials Laboratory.
    • Biodegradable plastics.
    • Thermoplastic nanocomposites.
    • Composite materials.

Susana Castillo, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1823

Lines of work:

  • Biodegradable plastics.
  • Thermoplastic nanocomposites.
  • Composite materials.

Karen Gálvez, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1824

Sidney Riffo, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1891

Lines of work:

  • Characterization of solid biofuels.
  • Gas chromatography.

Nadia Rebolledo, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1891

Patricia Herrera, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1893

Lines of work:

  • Head of Bioenergy Laboratory.
  • Bioenergy.

Lilian Suárez, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1893

Lines of work:

  • Thermochemical processes.

Camila San Martín, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1822

Lines of work:

  • Natural extracts: Obtaining and characterization.

Corina Silva, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1822

Lines of work:

  • Head of Bioproducts Laboratory.
    • Extraction and characterization of secondary metabolites.
    • Elaboration and characterization of wooden boards.
    • Production and characterization of microfibrils.

Jeniffer Cisternas, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1823

Lines of work:

  • Head of Forest Laboratory.
    • Wood chemistry.
    • Chemistry of natural products.

Mónica Sepúlveda, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
/ +56 41 266 1821

Alejandro Herrera, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
/ +56 41 266 1821

Daniela García, Chemical Analyst, Laboratories Division
 / +56 41 266 1821

Germán Jiménez, Head of Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1850

Lines of work:

  • Support the design of new processing plants or redesigns of existing plants.
  • Support the coordination and/or implementation of predictive and corrective maintenances of experimental plants.
  • Technical support in the process of contributions of equipment and processing plants.

Jordan Jofré, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1811

Javier Aburto, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1811

Humberto Medina, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1811

Robert Irribarra, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1848

Manuel Morales, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1821

Jonathan Irribarra, Operator, Bioproducts Department
 / +56 41 266 1863

Lines of work:

  • Pilot extraction of natural products.

Sergio Sotomayor, Operator, Operations Division
 / +56 41 266 1863

Jorge Provoste, Head of Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1827

Lines of work:

  • Process plant design.
  • Supervision and/or implementation of the construction of new processing plants or adaptation of existing plants.
  • Coordination and/or implementation of predictive and corrective maintenances of experimental plants.

Jaime Villarroel, Engineer, Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1846

Lines of work:

  • Support the supervision and/or implementation of the construction of new processing plants or adaptation of existing plants.
  • Technical support in the process of contributions of equipment and processing plants.
  • Support maintenance development and plans.

Ricardo Albornoz, Engineer, Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1888

Lines of work:

  • Support the coordination and/or implementation of predictive and corrective maintenances of experimental plants.
  • Technical support in the process of contributions of equipment and processing plants.

Mario Fonseca, Operator, Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1827

Lines of work:

  • Operate different boilers present in the institution.
  • Enable different supplies as required.
  • Maintenance, installation and implementation of equipment.

Eleuterio Arias, Operator, Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1827

Lines of work:

  • Assembly of structures and equipment present in the institution.
  • Electrical maintenance to different teams.
  • Assembly and implementation of equipment.

Pedro Lavín, Operator, Maintenance Division
 / +56 41 266 1827

Lines of work:

  • Assembly of structures and equipment present in the institution.
  • Electrical maintenance to different teams.
  • Assembly and implementation of equipment.

Israel Ibáñez, Operator, Maintenance Division

Lines of work:

  • Maintenance of gardens and common areas.

Carolina Poblete, Head of Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1854

Lines of work:

  • Management of the administrative activities of UDT and Head of Units.
  • Budgetary control of projects.
  • Management indicators control.

Luisa Pardo, Germán Domke, Head of Staff Section, Administration Division

Luisa Pardo, Head of Accounting Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1809

María Pardo, Support of Accounting Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1856

Melisa Arce, Acquisitions Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1802

Lines of work:

  • Payroll, contract and personnel list updating and monitoring.
  • Management control database updating.

Karla Rubilar, Head of Safety and Environment Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1895

Mónica Paz, Head of Communications Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1820

Lines of work:

  • External and internal communications.
  • Public Relations.
  • Event production.

Nelson Zbinden, Designer, Communications Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1815

Osvaldo Vergara, Head of Information and Communication Technologies Section, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1828

Lines of work:

  • Computer and technical support to personnel.
  • Design, programming and implementation of computer solutions.
  • Maintenance of access and attendance control system.

Marcela Torres, Management Secretary, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1811

Lines of work:

  • Meet the requirements of the Director, Project Engineers and personnel in general.
  • Receive and dispatch correspondence, keeping track of it.
  • Plan and organize purchases, delivery of goods, supplies and others in the field.

Karen Iturrieta, Administrative Secretary, Administration Division
 / +56 41 266 1812

Líneas de trabajo:

  • Submission of application forms for administrative and legal holiday days.
  • Enter in time control system all authorizations of administrative and legal holiday days.
  • Register the entrance and provide credentials to new personnel, visitors, contractors, internship students or thesis students.