Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada
Research focus: Microalgal bioprocessing and other biological and biomimetic systems for carbon capture, reuse, and permanent sequestration
His academic approach focuses on the optimization and intensification of bioprocesses through the systematic control of the cellular environment, with application to the production of chemicals, clean energy and functional foods. He believes that industrial biotechnology has the potential to become the core processing technology to create commodities needed in society.
In 2013 Hector was awarded a Green Talent. He has been involved in several projects related to bioenergy and carbon capture, one of which became a patent application and was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The Green Talents forum provided him with a wider perspective of the technical, economical, and societal issues surrounding energy, climate change, and sustainability.
2016 US Provisional Patent US62293132. Biomass Production in Alkaline Systems
2011 Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
2007 Member of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2013):
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, CANADA
Research focus: Microalgal bioprocessing and other biological systems for carbon capture, reuse, and permanent sequestration
By focusing on optimisation and intensification of bioprocesses through the systematic control of the cellular environment, Hector De la Hoz Siegler hopes to create a more sustainable society.
While the benefits of bioprocesses are well-known, high energy requirements and elevated production costs pose obstacles. Therefore, Hector De la Hoz Siegler wants to improve bioprocesses in order to foster sustainability.
De la Hoz Siegler believes that industrial biotechnology has the potential to become the core processing technology to create the commodities needed in our society – if, that is, bioprocesses can be made more affordable.
“My professional goal is to develop the scientific and technological breakthroughs required for establishing a sustainable, diversified, and successful biotechnological industry,” De la Hoz Siegler says. “I also strive to motivate and empower future generations of engineers and scientists to deliver on the great potential that industrial bioprocessing has to help build a better and sustainable society.”
Having recently been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, De la Hoz Siegler is determined to develop his research while also honing his abilities to influence public environmental and technological policy. He hopes to achieve this by persuasively sharing his expertise with policymakers, key stakeholders and the general public.