BELMONTE, Beatriz A.

BELMONTE, Beatriz A.

Dr. Beatriz A. Belmonte graduated with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering at De La Salle University (Philippines) last February 2019 as a scholar under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST). She was recognized as one of DOST’s outstanding scholar-graduates. Her work focuses on developing computer models to provide decision support for the use of carbonized biomass as a soil enhancer and as a form of carbon sequestration. This strategy is regarded in the literature as a potentially effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The modeling framework can guide policy formulation to incentivize biochar producers and farmers. The research she has been doing has led to Scopus-indexed publications in major journals and conference proceedings, which have received a combined 109 citations in a relatively brief period of time. In addition, her paper Optimization-based decision support methodology for the synthesis of negative-emissions biochar systems has been globally recognized and listed among the 31 publications featured in the UK IChemE climate change collection last June 2020. She was one of the 25 accepted scholars among 310 applicants from 9 countries that attended the 2020 Southeast Asia International Joint-Research and Training Program on Low Carbon and Green Energy held at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Sustainable Chemical Process Design for Frontiers in Sustainability and Carbon Research journal by Springer. She is also a Reviewer of Journal of Cleaner Production, Education for Chemical Engineers, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, and BIOCHAR journals published by Elsevier and Springer Nature. She currently teaches at the Faculty of Engineering (Chemical Engineering Department) and is also a researcher at the Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines).

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Academic Qualifications

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Academic Qualifications

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical EngineeringDe La Salle University – Manila, Philippines, 2019
  • Master of Science in Chemical EngineeringDe La Salle University – Manila, Philippines, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2000

Research Highlights

  • Development of a novel framework for the high-level planning of large-scale biochar-based carbon management networks (BCMNs) using mathematical programming – This work focuses on developing computer models to provide decision support for the use of carbonized biomass as a soil enhancer and as a form of carbon sequestration. This strategy is regarded in the literature as a potentially effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The framework is comprised of component mathematical models that capture the salient features of biochar research as currently envisioned in the literature. It also consists of novel methodologies that can support decision-making during the implementation of BCMNs.

  • Development of mathematical models for the synthesis of  large-scale BCMNs which account for the following aspects:
    • Economic performance of the BCMNs
    • Effect of biochar-soil interactions on carbon sequestration
    • Control of biochar characteristics
  • Development of a methodology for assessing the robustness of BCMNs amidst variations in biochar supply due to changes in agricultural productivity 
  • Optimization of integrated BCMNs for the production of multi-grade biochars (i.e., “designer biochars”) with the aid of mathematical programming

Research Interests

  • Process Systems Engineering, with focus on:
    • Mathematical programming and optimization

Courses Handled

Major Recognitions

Professional Activities

Courses Handled

  • Chemical Engineering Design 2
  • Particle Technology
  • Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Process Industries
  • Safety in the Process Industries
  • Process Control and Instrumentation
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory

Major Recognitions

  • Best Presentation, 6th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia, 2020
  • Outstanding Scholar-Graduate (PhD), “In Touch with Excellence” of Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute, July 2019
  • Best Presenter Award,  4th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia, Malaysia, October 2018
  •  VCRI Student’s Research Recognition Award (PhD Level), De La Salle University-Manila, October 2018
  • Best Poster, 1st Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Congress, Philippines, February 2012

Professional Activities

  • Library Coordinator, Engineering, University of Santo Tomas (2021-present)
  • Regular Member, Division VII, National Research Council of the Philippines 
  • Member, International Biochar Initiative (2019 – present)
  • Member, Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers – Metro Manila Academe Chapter (2012 – present)
  • Member, Women Engineers Network (WEN) of the Philippine Technological Council (2019 – present)
  • International Technical Committee, 7th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia (Malaysia) (ICLCA 2021)
  • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Technical Panel, Proposal Evaluator (2021)
  • Session Chair, 6th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia (China) (ICLCA 2020) 
  • Editorial Board Member 
    • Frontiers in Sustainability (Sustainable Chemical Process Design)
    • Carbon Research (Springer)
  • Reviewer
    • Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier)
    • Education for Chemical Engineers (Elsevier)
    • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer)
    • BIOCHAR (Springer)
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Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Belmonte, B.A. (2021). An Optimization Framework for Biochar-based Carbon Management Networks. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 83, 163-167.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M.F.D., and Tan, R.R. (2019). Optimization-based decision support methodology for the synthesis of negative-emissions biochar systems. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 19, 105-116.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M.F.D., and Tan, R.R. (2018). Bi-objective optimization of biochar-based carbon management networks. Journal of Cleaner Production, 188, 911-920.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M.F.D., and Tan, R.R. (2017). Biochar systems in the water-energy-food nexus: the emerging role of process systems engineering. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 18, 32-37.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Aviso, K.B., Benjamin, M.F.D., Tan, R.R. A fuzzy optimization model for planning integrated terrestrial carbon management networks. Clean Techn Environ Policy (2021). 
  • Benjamin, M.F.D., Ventura, Jey-R.S., Sangalang, K.P.H., Adorna, J.A., Belmonte, B.A., Andiappan, V. (2021). P-graph method under supply and demand constraints. Journal of Cleaner Production, 308, 127348.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M. F. D., Tan, R. R. (2020). Model-based synthesis and Monte Carlo simulation of biochar-based carbon management networks. In: Ren, J., Wang, Y., He, C. (Eds.), Towards Sustainable Chemical Processes. Elsevier.
  • Aviso, K.B., Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M.F.D., Arogo, J.I.A., Coronel, A.L.O., Janairo, C.M.J., Foo, D.C.Y., and Tan, R.R. (2019). Synthesis of optimal and near-optimal biochar-based carbon management networks with P-graph. Journal of Cleaner Production, 214, 893-901.
  • Sangalang, K.P.H., Belmonte, B.A., Ventura, Jey-R.S., Andiappan, V., Benjamin, M.F.D. (2021). P-graph Method for Optimal Synthesis of Philippine Agricultural Waste-based Integrated Biorefinery. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 83, 103-108.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Benjamin, M.F.D., and Tan, R.R. (2019). Bi-objective mixed-integer linear programming model for high-level planning of biochar-based carbon management networks. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 72, 289-294.
  • Belmonte, B.A., Tan, R.R., and Benjamin, M.F.D. (2017). A two-stage optimization model for the synthesis of biochar-based carbon management networks. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 61, 379-384.

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