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Do you remember Waterfisher tecnology by LSRE-LCM?

September 14, 2018

The team of five LSRE-LCM researchers, João Sousa (PhD Student), Marta Barbosa (PhD Student), Ana Rita Ribeiro (Post-doctoral Researcher), Adrián Silva (Assistant Professor) and Fernando Pereira (Associate Professor) created the Waterfisher, a fishing water samples.

After applying for a National Patent through UP Inovation (Process number: Provisional Portuguese Patent n. 110349) and participating in the first edition of Business Ignition Programme in which the team awarded the second prize of BIP, the opportunity arises to promote the technology through a video made by the company Revisitar in partnership with UP Inovation.

With this promotional video, João Sousa, the main inventor, said that they can show the technology more clearly to potential investors, having already made contacts especially with international companies.

To remind: Water polution is global problem, and collecting water samples for analysis is not always easy. From LSRE-LCM/FEUP comes a cleaver and cost effective solution to improve water research. Waterfisher consists of a long-range surface water sampler, ideal for collecting samples in rivers, sea or other surface water compartments of difficult access.

See the video at official website of UP Inovation: https://upin.up.pt/pt-pt/tecnologias/waterfisher-surface-water-sampler

And at website #FEUPWord: https://web.fe.up.pt/~feupworld/#!/

Life beyond the Lab... LSRE-LCM Researcher becomes the National Women Chess Champion 2018

September 10, 2018

Ariana Pintor, Postdoctoral Researcher at LSRE-LCM, won the National Women’s Chess Championship 2018, which took place in Braga this September. This is the first time she conquers this title, after placing second for three times in 2006, 2014 and 2017. Ariana had previously been nine-time girls National Chess Champion in several youth categories from 1998 to 2007, and had represented Portugal as a part of the women’s team in four Chess Olympiads from 2004 to 2010.

In parallel with her chess career, Ariana joined LSRE-LCM in 2010 for her Master’s thesis, and completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering in the same lab in 2014, with the thesis entitled “Use of cork byproducts as sorbents for oil and grease removal from industrial wastewaters” under the supervision of Professor Rui Boaventura, Professor Cidália Botelho and Doctor Vítor Vilar. Nowadays, she is part of the team as a Postdoctoral Researcher under the guidance of Professor Cidália Botelho under the topic “Cork granulates: Natural and innovative sorbents for micropollutants removal”, which aims to expand the scope of application of cork granulates for water decontamination.

Staff and team of LSRE-LCM congratulates Ariana Pintor!

The official website of Portuguese Chess Federation: http://www.fpx.pt/web/comunicacao/noticias/72-destaques/1744-ariana-pintor-sagra-se-campea-feminina-pela-primeira-vez

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

J.L. Figueiredo. Nanostructured porous carbons for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Surface and Coatings Technology, 350, 307-312, 2018
A.M.A. Pintor, B.R.C. Vieira, S.C.R. Santos, R.A.R. Boaventura, C.M.S. Botelho. Arsenate and arsenite adsorption onto iron-coated cork granulates. Science of the Total Environment, 642, 1075-1089, 2018
L.S. Ribeiro, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Insights into the effect of the catalytic functions on selective production of ethylene glycol from lignocellulosic biomass over carbon supported ruthenium and tungsten catalysts. Bioresource Technology, 263, 402-409, 2018
I.B.R. Nogueira, A.M. Ribeiro, R. Requião, K.V. Pontes, H. Koivisto, A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Loureiro. A quasi-virtual online analyser based on an artificial neural networks and offline measurements to predict purities of raffinate/extract in simulated moving bed processes. Applied Soft Computing Journal, 67, 29-47, 2018
M. Pedrosa, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. N/S-doped graphene derivatives and TiO2 for catalytic ozonation and photocatalysis of water pollutants. Chemical Engineering Journal, 348, 222-897, 2018
B.A. Marinho, R.O. Cristóvão, R. Djellabi, A. Caseiro, S.M. Miranda, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, V.J.P. Vilar. Strategies to reduce mass and photons transfer limitations in heterogeneous photocatalytic processes: Hexavalent chromium reduction studies. Journal of Environmental Management, 217, 555-567, 2018
M.S.C.A. Brito, L.P. Esteves, C.P. Fonte, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, R.J. Santos. Mixing of fluids with dissimilar viscosities in Confined Impinging Jets. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 134, 392-404, 2018
J. Pereira, P. Costa, M.C. Coimbra, A.E. Rodrigues. The trail of perfumes. AIChE Journal, 64, 2890-2897, 2018
L.C.D. Coelho, N.M.L. Filho, R.P.V. Faria, A.F.P. Ferreira, A.M. Ribeiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Separation of tartronic and glyceric acids by simulated moving bed chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1563, 62-70, 2018

APPROVED PROJECTS

UnirCell - Unitised regenerative fuel cell for efficient renewable energy supply: from materials to device. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016422. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, PAC - P2020|COMPETE -Programa de Ações Conjuntas. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 36 months.
Cork-a-Tex Yarn - Yarn with high incorporation of cork. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-17714. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 19 months.
2Dmix - 2D Mixing Devices - Fundamental Study and Applications of the Inversion of the Turbulent Energy Cascade. Reference: PTDC/QEQ-FTT/0041/2014. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2016/07/01. Duration: 36 months.
AIProcMat@N2020 - Advanced Industrial Processes and Materials for a Sustainable North Region of Portugal2020. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000006. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2016/06/01. Duration: 36 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Maria Margarida Linhares de Andrade Rocha e Silva
Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as Metal Free Carbon-Nanocatalysts
Rui Sérgio da Silva Ribeiro
Synthesis of Hybrid Magnetic Carbon Nanocomposites for Catalytic Wet Peroxide Oxidation
Idelfonso Bessa dos Reis Nogueira
Optimization and Control of TMB, SMB and SMBR units
Raquel Pinto Rocha
Carbon Catalysts for Liquid Phase Reactions
Marcelo Filipe dos Santos Costa
The NETmix® Tecnhnology, Applied to Gas Hydrates Production: A Potential Solution to CCS