Giovanna Aita

Giovanna Aita

Adjunct Associate Professor

Audubon Sugar Institute, 3845 Highway 75 St. Gabriel, LA 70776


(225) 642-0135



Develop integrated technologies to convert biomass into higher value products including fuels, specialty chemicals, biomaterials and animal feed; use of antimicrobials to inhibit disease-causing microorganisms in foods; identify and characterize antimicrobial resistant bacteria from food products, animal products and farm environments.


Undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of food microbiology, food safety and biomass utilization for the production of biofuels and byproducts.




DeQueiroz, G., Day, D. (2010). Biocide Compositions and related methods. Australian Patent 2003270523.
DeQueiroz, G., Stradi, B. (2009). Dilute Ammonia Process for the Treatment of Lignocellulosic Materials. US2009/033173.
DeQueiroz, G., Day, D. (2007) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. Chinese Patent 3825029.2.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. US Patent 6,866,870.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. South African Patent 2005/02838.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. Canadian Patent 24981000.
DeQueiroz , G., Day, D. (2005) Biocide Composition and Related Methods. European Union Patent (Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy) 03752221.6.


*= corresponding author

Book Chapter

Aita, G*. and Kim, M. (2011) Pretreatment Technologies for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Materials to Bioethanol. In: Sustainability of the Sugar and Sugar-Ethanol Industries. ACS Press, pp. 117-145. ISBN13: 9780841225985; eISBN: 9780841225992; DOI: 10.1021/bk-2010-1058



Kanitkar, A., Aita, G.*, Madsen, L. (2013) The recovery of Polymerization Grade Aconitic Acid from Sugarcane Molasses. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.4084

Cao, S. Aita, G.* (2013) Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Ethanol Yields of Combined Surfactant and Dilute Ammonia Treated Sugarcane Bagasse. Bioresource Technology. 131: 357–364.

Qiu, Z. Aita, G.* (2013) Pretreatment of Energy Cane Bagasse with Recycled Ionic Liquid for Enzymatic Saccharification. Bioresource Technology.

Aita G.* (2012) Research Studies at the Renewable Fuels and Byproducts Laboratory. Audubon Sugar Institute Biennial Report LSU AgCenter, pages 5-6.

Aita, G.*, Walker, M. (2012) Ammonia-Assisted Storage of Sugarcane Bagasse. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, page 37.

Han, K. J., Pitman, W., Alison, M. W., McCormick, M. E., Kim, M., Day, D. F., Aita, G. (2012) Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production Potential Using Chemical Composition Analysis and Fermentation Gas Measures. Global Change Biology Bioenergy Journal. Doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01203.x.

Moreno, R., Aita, G.*, Madsen, L., Gutierrez, D., Yao, S., Hulburt, B., Brashear, S. (2012) Identification of Naturally Isolated Southern Louisiana’s Algal Strains and the Effect of Higher CO2 Contenton Fatty Acid Profiles for Biodiesel Production. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1002/jctb.3930.

Qiu, Z., Aita, G.*, Walker, M. (2012). Effect of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment on the Chemical Composition, Structure and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Energy Cane Bagasse. Bioresource Technology. 117:251-256.

Chen, C., Aita, G.*, Boldor, D., Walker, M. (2012). Ethanol Production from Sorghum by a Microwave-Assisted Dilute Ammonia Pretreatment. Bioresource Technology. 110:190-7.

Aita, G.*, Madsen, L. (2011) Added Value Through Bio-Plastics from Sugarcane. Factory Operations Seminar LSU AgCenter, page13.

Salvi, D., Boldor, D., Aita, G. M., Sabliov, C. M. (2011) COMSOL Multiphysics Model for Continuous Flow Microwave Heating of Liquids. Journal of Food Engineering. 104 (3): 422-429.

Aita, G*., Salvi, D., Walker, M. (2011) Enzyme hydrolysis and ethanol fermentation of dilute ammonia pretreated energy cane. Bioresource Technology. 102 (6): 4444-8.

Salvi, D., Boldor, D., Ortego, J., Aita, G. M., Sabliov, C. (2010). Numerical Modeling of Continuous Flow Microwave Heating: A Critical Comparison of COMSOL and ANSYS. Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy. 44 (4): 1-11.

Salvi, D., Aita, G*., Robert, D., Bazan, V. (2010) Dilute Ammonia pretreatment of sorghum and its effectiveness on enzyme hydrolysis and ethanol fermentation. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 161:67-74.

Aita, G.* (2010). Sucrose Loss During Milling and Methods for Prevention, Annual Factory Operations, Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University AgCenter, April 29, page 11.

Kim, M., Aita, G., Day, D. (2010) Compositional changes in sugarcane bagasse on low temperature, long-term diluted ammonia treatment. Applied Bioch


Ph.D. Food Microbiology (2004)
Department of Food Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

M.S. Food Microbiology (1998)
Department of Animal and Food Industries, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

B.S. Biology (1995)
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC



2013-Present - Associate Professor, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
2007- 2013 - Assistant Professor, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
2005- 2007 - Post Doctoral Researcher, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
2000- 2004 - Research Assistant, Department of Food Science, LSU
1999- 2000 - Food Scientist, Warner-Lambert, Adams Division R&D, New Jersey
1998- 1999 - Microbiologist, Creanova Inc., Biocide Division, New Jersey