NEWS

Life beyond the lab… LSRE-LCM Researcher becomes Artistic Skating European Champion 2018

September 5, 2018

The LSRE-LCM researcher Pedro Walgode was awarded with a Gold and a Silver Medal for his participation in the 2018 Artistic Skating European Championship, taking place in Azores, in the categories of “Senior Pairs Dance” and “Senior Men's Solo Dance”, respectively. Last year, he had already become “Senior Men's Solo Dance” European Champion for the first time in his career in Roana, Italy, (he has also received a bronze medal for his performance in “Senior Pairs Dance” in this competition) and was third in the World Championship (Nanjing, China). In this way, Pedro Walgode remains in the top of the international Artistic Skating scene in which he started competing in 2012.

In parallel with his outstanding sports career, Pedro Walgode has joined the LSRE-LCM team in 2017, where he conducted the research leading to his Master’s Thesis entitled “Production of green fuel additives assisted by supercritical carbon dioxide” under the supervision of Doctor Rui Faria, Doctor Ana Ribeiro and Professor Alírio Rodrigues. Nowadays, he is still part of the team but his research interests diverted to the conversion of glycerol into high added value compounds through oxidation reactions.

Staff and team of LSRE-LCM congratulates Pedro Walgode!

The official website of Portuguese Skating Federation: http://www.fpp.pt/PA/Noticia/1698

New Book "An Integrated Approach for Added-Value Products from Lignocellulosic Biorefineries"

August 2018

LSRE-LCM congratulates Professor Alírio Rodrigues, Professor Filomena Barreiro, Doctor Paula Rodrigues Pinto, Doctor Carina Costa, Doctor Inês Mota and Doctor Isabel Fernandes for their recent book entitled An Integrated Approach for Added-Value Products from Lignocellulosic Biorefineries - Vanillin, Syringaldehyde, Polyphenols and Polyurethane.

This book offers the state of the art on the progress and accomplishments of 25 years of research at the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM - Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials on lignin conversion to value-added products and their downstream separation. The authors present the integration of the valorisation pathways as an exclusive vision of LSRE-LCM resulting from hands-on experience on reaction and separation processes: the integrated process for lignin valorisation.


Main Contents:

  • Provides state of the art on lignin and bark in biorefineries and pulp mills
  • Presents an integrated approach to get valuable products (vanillin, syringaldehyde and polyurethanes) from kraft lignin
  • Delivers data on chemical reaction engineering related with lignin oxidation
  • Reports results on membrane processing, adsorption and ion-exchange as separation processes to recover high added-value products from lignin and bark
  • Provides the most recent developments on synthesis, characterisation and applications of lignin-based polyurethanes

For those who are interested in this subject-matter of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries we advise the read of this book.


Full Book Reference:

A.E. Rodrigues, P.C.R Pinto, M.F. Barreiro, C.A.E. Costa, M.I.F. Mota, I. Fernandes. An Integrated Approach for Added-Value Products from Lignocellulosic BiorefineriesSpringer International Publishing, 2018. eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-99313-3; Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-99312-6

Publisher link: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319993126

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