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Keynote Lecture at ICEER 2018 by Alírio Rodrigues

July 24, 2018

Alírio Rodrigues, Emeritus Professor at the U. Porto was invited as Keynote Speaker on the 5th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research (ICEER 2018) that took place at Prague, Czech Republic during July 23-27, 2018.

This year edition of ICEER was organized by Science and Engineering Institute (SCIEI), co-organized by ISEP, sponsored by CIETI&LEPABE.

The lecture entitled "Valorization of Lignin: A Contribution to the Circular Economy in the Pulp Industry" was focused on the research group area Lignocellulosic Biorefinery lead by Prof. Alírio Rodrigues.

Prof. Alírio Rodrigues research areas of interest are:
 - Cyclic Adsorption Processes: SMB; PSA; Electric Swing Adsorption ESA; Parametric pumping; Expanded bed adsorption for various separations: CO2 capture, olefins/paraffins, syngas, H2 purificarion, chiral separations, proteins separations; Perfusion chromatography.
 - Process Intensification: Simulated Moving Bed Reactor (SMBR) and PermSMBR for the synthesis of acetals and green solvents; Sorption Enhanced Reaction Processes (SERP) for H2 production.
 - Biorefineries: Lignin valorization to get vanillin; syringaldehyde & polyurethane.
 - Perfume Engineering and Microencapsulation.

Prof. Alíro E. Rodrigues and Prof. Rui A.R. Boaventura are also members of the Scientific & Technical Committee (STC) of ICEER 2018.

Other information about ICEER 2018 and previous editions: http://www.iceer.net/index.html

Rui Ribeiro PhD Thesis Defense

July 9, 2018

LSRE-LCM congratulates Rui Sérgio da Silva Ribeiro for his PhD thesis defense on July 9th, 2018 at FEUP.

Rui Ribeiro finished his Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with the PhD thesis entitled Synthesis of Hybrid Magnetic Carbon Nanocomposites for Catalytic Wet Peroxide Oxidation, supervised by Prof. Joaquim Faria and co-supervised by Prof. Helder Gomes and Prof. Adrián Silva.

We wish Rui success for the beginning of the new professional stage at LSRE-LCM!


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