Food Research Department | Autonomous University of Coahuila



Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz


Phone: (+52) 844 416 12 38  Ext. 104

Biorefinery and Food Engineering Laboratory










– Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. USA. (Research Group)

– Chemical Engineering, Autonomous University of Coahuila. Mexico, 2004.

– Lead Operations Engineer, Magnelec Industries. Subsidiary of Peñoles Group, 2007.

– PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, 2011. (Centre of Biological Engineering)

– Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Minho/University of Vigo, Portugal/Spain, 2012. (Group EQ-2)

– Member of the National System of Researchers- Conacyt, level I.

– Member of Editorial Board of Industrial Crops and Products. (Editorial Advisory Board)

– Editor of Bioethanol Journal. (Bioethanol Journal)


Fields of interest:

• Bioethanol production from lignocellulosic materials and macroalgae using the biorefinery concept.

• Hydrothermal process/pretreatment (autohydrolysis).

• Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF).

• Integrated Biorefineries.

• Modeling of enzymatic hydrolysis.

• Bioreactor Design.


Recent publications

2014. Francisco B. Pereira, Aloia Romaní, Héctor A. Ruiz, José A. Teixeira, Lucília Domingues. Industrial robust yeast isolates with great potential for fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass. Bioresource Technology. 161, 192-199.

2014. Fabiano Avelino Gonçalves, Héctor A. Ruiz, Cleitiane da Costa Nogueira, Everaldo Silvino dos Santos, José A. Teixeira, Gorete Ribeiro de Macedo. Comparison of delignified coconuts waste and cactus for fuel-ethanol production by the simultaneous and semi-simultaneous saccharification and fermentation strategies. Fuel. 131, 66-76.

2014. Aloia Romaní, Héctor A. Ruiz, Francisco B. Pereira, Lucília Domingues, Jose A. Teixeira. Effect of hemicellulose liquid phase on the enzymatic hydrolysis of autohydrolyzed Eucalyptus globulus wood. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. 4, 77-86.

2014. Héctor A. Ruiz. Biorefineries and the impact on renewable energy. Editorial of Electronic Journal of Energy and Environment. Doi: 10.7770/EJEE-V2N1-ART735. 

2013. Héctor A. Ruiz, Rosa M. Rodríguez-Jasso, Bruno D. Fernandes, António A. Vicente, José A. Teixeira. Hydrothermal processing, as an alternative for upgrading agriculture residues and marine biomass according to the biorefinery concept: a review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2, 35-51.

2013. Héctor A. Ruiz, Miguel A. Cerqueira, Hélder D. Silva, Rosa M. Rodríguez-Jasso, António A. Vicente, José A. Teixeira. Biorefinery valorization of autohydrolysis wheat straw hemicellulose to be applied in a polymer-blend film. Carbohydrate Polymers. 92, 2154-2162.

2013. Aloia Romaní, Héctor A. Ruiz, Francisco B. Pereira, Lucília Domingues, Jose A. Teixeira. Fractionation of Eucalyptus globulus wood by glycerol-water pretreatment: optimization and modeling. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 52, 14342-14352.

2012. Héctor A. Ruiz, Rosa M. Rodríguez-Jasso, Raúl Rodríguez, Juan C. Contreras-Esquivel, Cristóbal N. Aguilar. Pectinase production from lemon peel pomace as support and carbon source in solid-state fermentation column-tray bioreactor. Biochemical Engineering Journal. 65, 90-95.

2012. Héctor A. Ruiz, Daniel P. Silva, Denise S. Ruzene, Luis F. Lima, António A. Vicente, José A. Teixeira. Bioethanol production from hydrothermal pretreated wheat straw by a flocculating Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain-effect of process conditions. Fuel. 95, 528-536.

2012. Héctor A. Ruiz, António A. Vicente, José A. Teixeira. Kinetic modeling of enzymatic saccharification using wheat straw pretreated under autohydrolysis and organosolv process. Industrial Crops and Products. 36, 100-107.

2012. Michele Michelin, Maria de Lourdes T.M. Polizeli, Denise S. Ruzene, Daniel P. Silva, Héctor A. Ruiz, António A. Vicente, Joao A. Jorge, Héctor F. Terenzi, José A. Teixeira. Production of xylanase and ß-xylosidase from autohydrolysis liquor of corncob using two fungal strains. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering. 35: 1185-1192.