faculty & staff

dr. rex b. demafelis

PROFESSOR 12 and UP Scientist
Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
Chairman, Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Study Center and UPLB Interdisciplinary Life Cycle Assessment Laboratory
Email: rbdemafelis@up.edu.ph
Room: OVCRE, UPLB Library

Dr. Rex B. Demafelis is currently the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension and Professor 10 in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He has taught and served for over 35 years and has received various awards for his excellence in teaching and research. As one of the most prolific researchers in UPLB, some of his researches includes biofuels production and policy development, life cycle assessment, carbon footprint, water footprint, and energetics. He also served as a technical adviser and consultant to various international and local institutions and companies 

Research Interests: Biofuels production and policy development , life cycle assessment, water footprint, carbon footprint and energetics

Research Profilehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rex_Demafelis

Academic History

B.S. Chemical Engineering, cum laude, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, 1984

M.S. Chemical Engineering University of the Philippines Diliman, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1990

PhD in Environmental Science and Management, School of Environmental Sciences and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 2016

 

selected publications

Demafelis, R.B., Alcantara, A.J., Movillon, Pacardo, E.P., Espaldon, M.V.O, Flavier, M.E.,Magadia-Tongko, B.D,and Matanguihan A.E.D. Sugarcane Bioethanol Processing Plant in the Philippines: Energetics and Water Inventory(2020) Journal of Environmental Science and Management 23-2: 80-88 (December 2020) ISSN 0119-1144.

Matanguihan A.E.D, Demafelis, R.B. Martinez-Goss M., Nacorda J.O.O, Torreta N.K., Sanchez D.E.S, Cuneta L.F., Eleazar E.M.P., and Dizon L.S.H. (2020). Design, fabrication, and performance evaluation of open raceway ponds for the cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck in the Philippines Philippine Journal of Science Volume 149 No. 2 June 2020 ISSN 0031-7683.

Bambase M.E., Almazan, R.A.R, Demafelis, R.B., Sobremisana, M.J., and Dizon, L.S.H. (2020).  Biodiesel production from refined coconut oil using hydroxide-impregnated calcium oxide by cosolvent method: Elsevier Renewable Energy 163 (2021) 571e578 ISSN 0960-1481.

Demafelis, R.B., Movillion, J.L., Predo, C.D., Maligalig, D.S., Eleazar, P.J.M., and Magadia B.T., (2020). Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts of Bioethanol Production from Sugarcane and Molasses in the Philippines: Journal of Environmental Science and Management 23-1:96-110. ISSN 0119-1144. June 2020.

Beltran, A.K.M, Samson, E.G., Angeles, D.E., Demafelis, R.B., and Rivera, H.F. (2019). Agronomic and Yield Performance of Sweet Sorghum under Different Fertilizer Schemes. Philipp J Crop. Sci. 44(3) 87-92.

Buendia, L. V., Lasco, R. D., Biona, J. B. B., Badrina, R. B., Baviera, M. S., De Jesus, A. C., Dela Torre, D. M. G., Demafelis, R. B., Pulhin, F. B., Recabar, S. G., Ruzol, C. D., Tamayo, E.G. T., Tapia, M. A., TongkoMagadia, B., Sabino, L. L., Sabino, N. G. (2018). 2018 Philippine Climate Change Assessment: Mitigation of Climate Change. The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. and Climate Change Commission. ISSN: 2508-089X.

Dizon, L.S.H., Demafelis, R.B., Bambase Jr., M, Sanchez, D.E.S. Hourani, K.A., and Magadia Jr., R.V. (2018). Multistage Base-Catalyzed Transesterification of Soybean Oil for Biodiesel Production. Philipp J Crop Sci. 149: 383-392. ISSN 0031-7683

Gatdula, K.M., Demafelis, R.B., Movillon, J.L., Sanchez, D.E.S., Hourani, K.A., Maagadia Jr., R.V. (2018). Energetics and Environmental Assessment of a Commercial Scale Bioethanol Processing Plant using Sargassum spp. Philipp J Crop Sci. Special issue December 2018:10-20

Demafelis, R.B., Alcantara, A.J., Movillon, Pacardo, E.P., Espaldon, M.V.O, Flavier, M.E., and Magadia-Tongko, B.D. (2018). Carbon Emission Reduction and Payback Analyses of a Commercial Scale Molasses-based Bioethanol Production. Philipp J Crop Sci. Special issue December 2018:21-28

Magadia-Tongko, B.D., Demafelis, R.B., Mendoza, T.C. (2018). Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Potentials of Bioethanol Production and End-Use in the Philippines at Varying Sugarcane Yields: An Ex-Ante Analysis. Philipp J Crop Sci. Special issue December 2018:29-34

Capunitan, J.A. Bambase J.R., Borines, M.G., Demafelis, R.B., Movillon, Abarquez, N.C.R., Condecion, G.L. Garcia, A.A. and Paz, G.A.O. (2018). Thermal Decarboxylation of Coconut Oil using Different Catalysts. Philipp J Crop Sci. Special issue December 2018:77-86.

Demafelis, R.B., Movillion, J.L, Predo, C.D., Tongko-Magadia, B., Matanguihan, A.E.D., Darby, M. ( 2017 ) Ethanol in the Philippines: Injecting Octane in the Bioeconomy. U.S. Grains Council  and University of the Philippines Foundation, Incorporated.

Demafelis, R.B., Mendoza, T.C., Matanguihan, A.E.D., Malabuyoc, J.A.S., Magadia Jr., R.V., Pector, A.A., Hourani, K.A., Manaig, L.M.A., and Movillon, J.L. 2017. “Is Raw Sugar Produced from Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) Carbon Positive or Negative?” International Journal of Agricultural Technology 13(4): 565-581. 

Demafelis RB, Alcantara AJA, Pacardo EP, Flavier ME, Matanguihan AED. 2017. Energetics and water requirement of a commercial scale sweet sorghum ethanol production. Journal of Environmental Science and Management. Special Issue: 1-11. ISSN 0119-1144 

Mendoza, T.C., Demafelis, R.B., Matanguihan, A.E.D., Malabuyoc, J.A.S., Magadia Jr., R.V., Pector, A.A., Hourani, K.A., Manaig, L.M.A., and Movillon, J.L. ( 2016 ).“The Carbon Footprint of Sugar Production from Sugarcane in the Philippines.” The Carbon Footprint Handbook. Florida: CRC Press | Taylor & Francis Group. 

Demafelis, R.B., Magadia-Tongko B., and Gatdula, K.M.  Impact of Higher-Blended Biodiesel on the Philippine Coconut Industry. (2016). United States Agency for International Development and U.P Energy Policy and Development Program.

Demafelis RB, Alcantara AJ, Movillon JL, Pacardo EP, Espaldon MVO, Flavier ME, Tongko BD. 2015. Carbon emission reduction and payback analyses of a commercial scale bioethanol processing plant using sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.). Philipp J Crop Sci. 40: 1-15. ISSN 0115-463x  .

Demafelis RB, Alcantara AJ, Movillon JL, Pacardo EP, Espaldon MVO, Flavier ME, Tongko BD. 2015. Carbon emission reduction and payback analyses of a commercial scale bioethanol processing plant using sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench). Philipp J Crop Sci. 40: 1629. ISSN 0115-463x .

Demafelis, R.B., A.J. Alcantara, J.L. Movillon, E.P. Pacardo, M.V.O. Espaldon, M.E. Flavier, P.J.M. Eleazar and B.D. Tongko. (2015) Comparative Analysis of Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum Bioethanol Carbon Footprints, Carbon Savings and Carbon Debt Payback Periods. Philippine Journal of Crop Science. Vol 40.( 3):10-22  

Courses taught

ChE 192 Chemical Engineering Equipment Design

ChE 193  Chemical Engineering Plant Design

PPT 193  Pulp and Paper Plant Design

ChE 200  Chemical Engineering Thesis

ChE 300  Chemical Engineering Master’s Thesis

ENS 300 Environmental Science Master’s Thesis

ENS 400 Environmental Science Dissertation